Here’s a ten-step guide to writing while parenting.

Computer keyboard strewn with goldfish crackers.
Computer keyboard strewn with goldfish crackers.
Photo by Peter Galalis

Step 1

Make some coffee or tea. Head to your special writing place. Close the door and boot up your computer, put a fresh ribbon in the typewriter, or select the perfect pen and creamy paper for your current work in progress. Summon the muse. Write.

Wait for that magical moment when everything else disappears and the words travel you like a bridge from imagination to page. That moment is precisely when your child will barge in with an urgent need for more Goldfish crackers. …

P.G. Galalis

P.G. Galalis writes and teaches science-fiction, fantasy, and other literature. He lives with his family outside of Boston, MA. https://pggalalis.com

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