Monday, August 6, 2012

Guest Blog by Kelly Hashway: Writing Every Possible Second

Today I'm happy to host Kelly Hashway. Kelly is a prolific writer of children's, middle grade, and young adult books, and she's also the mom to a beautiful little girl. I've often wondered how she manages to write that many books, so I was happy when she agreed to be part of my Moms Who Write series, and I got to find out that she is obviously immensely disciplined:

Annette: You write children’s stories and are the mother of a 5-year-old daughter. Did you write in that genre even before she was born, or are the type of books you write influenced by your life as a mom?

Kelly: My daughter definitely influenced my writing. Before she was born, I wrote MG (Middle Grade) and YA (Young Adult). But I started reading to her way before she could understand what I was saying. I wanted to instill a love of books. It worked, and she soon asked for stories about specific things. I couldn't find books about them, so I decided to try writing picture books. I was pleasantly shocked when I sold one of them right away.

How do you manage to fit your writing and the related business of book marketing into life as a mom?

It's not easy sometimes. When my daughter is at school (last year she went three mornings a week), I spend the entire time writing. No distractions. No phone, no Internet, nothing but me and my manuscript. I do the same thing when she goes to bed. I've been known to stay up writing late at night. As for marketing, I thankfully have a very supportive family. My husband and my parents pitch in when I do author events. My daughter loves to come to them, too. She's become my photographer. :-)

Do you actually use the time your daughter is in preschool to write? Or do chores get in the way?

I can't think of a single time I chose chores over writing. I'm very focused when I write. I can tune out the world. I write every second my daughter is at school.

Do you have a particular writing routine?

It changes every year according to my daughter's schedule. Come the last week in August, she'll be in all-day kindergarten, and my plan is to write all morning and take care of marketing and editing for my clients in the afternoons.


Do you have a particular place where you write?

For a long time, I wrote on my living room couch, but I melted the bottom of my laptop doing that. Yes, I write that much. So now, I have a new laptop, and I sit at my dining room table with the cooling station under my MacBookPro. I've found the chair is easier on my back than the couch was, too.

PS from Annette: Kelly is not only rather disciplined in making the most of the time she was to write, she's also quite ingenious in capturing those ideas that pop up at the most inconvenient moments. Check out her prior guest blog here.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me, Annette. I'll be happy to answer any questions if people leave them in the comments. :)

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  2. Kelly,

    I love the photo of you and your daughter! And I so envy you that you are so disciplined. I'm trying but household chores keep getting in my way. I need to learn to ignore them!

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    1. LOL. I'm a little too good at ignoring them sometimes. I try to do chores while I talk to my mom in the mornings. I can't sit still and talk on the phone and that way the chores are finished before I sit down to write.

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  3. I love Kelly's blog and I too have been mystified by her incredible multi-tasking success story. Thanks for sharing her story Annette!

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  4. You sound so organized. I often wonder how writers with young children find the time to write. You've answered that Great interview.

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    1. Beverly - I still wonder how she does it! My main goal when my kids were little was sleep...

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  5. Amazing. When I am planning to write, suddenly organizing the closet seems easier. I'm impressed by your discipline!

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    1. Ha! Stephanie, I agree, a closet can be awfully appealing all of a sudden because, after all, you know when it's good and done.

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  6. Great post! "No distractions" I need to get those letters people stick on their walls with this saying, so it can constantly remind me to stay off the Internet and turn the buzzer off the dryer/dishwaser and ringer off the phone. ;-)

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  7. I really needed a motivation booster in terms of writing, and here I found it. Thanks Annette and Kelly.
    Shamefully I've been putting off my writing department this summer, I didn't know how to start it all. Thanks to Kelly's interview, I realize self-discipline is the key. Also, my daughter is going to kindergarten from next week. I'll definitely harness the discipline mode for a better productivity.

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