Things I’ve Learned Writing Full-Time | Jennifer Probst

Things I’ve Learned Writing Full-Time

  1. Omg!! You’ve just described my life EXACTLY!! I am soooo relieved I’m not the only one living this way. I lost my job early last year when Waldenbooks closed. I was devastated but tried to keep optimistic thinking about how much writing I could get done!! Oh, what was I thinking?? I have 2 boys (5 & 4) and a baby girl who just turned 1. Instead of writing all day while the kids played happily on the floor, I write at night after bedtime…which is exactly what I did while I was working at the bookstore! lol Truly, I agree with each and every point you make. You are not alone. It’s just the same here! 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      HI Tricia! It means so much to me for you to stop by and comment, because now I don’t feel so alone either! And for you with 3 kids…well, my hat is off to you – we just need to stick together, do our best, and laugh our asses off when it gets to be too much!!

  2. Liz Matis says:

    A big cyber hug Jen!
    I was always more productive when I was working. It is so strange. Which is why I’ll never quit the day job ( like that’s an option – LOL ).
    I think the timer is a good idea.
    And we should meet up at B&N one day – I promise I’ll get dressed up too!

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Liz! Would absolutely love to meet you at the bookstore with my jewelry and makeup and heels – lol! I may try the timer and see if it will help. And I know, I think when I had the day job every minute was so compartmentalized and now the agenda is so different. Thanks for commenting!

  3. You. Hit. The. Nail. On. The. Head.

    I nodded all the way through this post. As much as I love being home, I wonder if I was meant to be a SAHM. I will say FlyLady saves my bacon on the housework, and her adage of getting dressed to the shoes every morning helps too (though I never put on shoes or makeup unless I’m actually going somewhere, LOL).

    Your #5 is the big one though. When That Man comes home and looks around wondering what actually got done while he was at work. X words on the WIP means nothing to him at this point.

    Great post Jennifer. Hope you have a wonderful week.

    • Jennifer says:

      HI Raelyn! I like the adage of getting dressed every morning because it makes you feel like you are working – but I must confess those damn pj’s are delicious!! Thanks so much for stopping in – I look forward to your comments!

  4. Optimistic Mom says:

    #2 & #4 are so true!! Thank you for saying it!!
    The heading for #3 made me laugh at first…..but now you got me wondering. Hmmmm I might need to evaluate myself and get back to you on that. And thanks for the reminder, I need to get my eyebrows waxed.
    Secretly, I am glad you get to spend more time at home that means more time online socializing with me. Right? LOL Kidding of course.
    Loved this post!

    • Jennifer says:

      OK, Opti Mom – First off you do not have to worry about #3 because YOU have inspired me to do some extra grooming in some departments – lol on some of your previous posts!! And I do adore my socializing, I have considered my tweeting/blogging buddies my new anchor in this world so a big thank you!!!

  5. Jen, You have not to embarrass your mother. I have a daughter who has been warned not to speak about the house or lack of cleaning house. The children refuse to accept cleaning house is a hobby, something you do when you have a spare moment. Writing is the full-time job. Think about coming back to critique. There’s always a place for you.

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