If you write for a living (or for fun), writing on a consistent basis can already pose a challenge.
But with quarantines and shelter-in-places on the rise, more and more children are home 24/7.
Children naturally seek the attention of the adults who care for them.
It often does not matter how much you emphasize the importance of “needing 10 minutes of quiet time,” there is usually always a snack emergency or question or sibling rivalry that takes precedence over Mommy and Daddy’s work.
So, how can you maintain your writing during quarantine?
Step 1.) Find a room with a door and a lock
This is not a joke.
Step 2.) Set up an attention chart
Your attention chart will outline specifically what times you are not to be disturbed, and what times you will devote to entertaining the children.
Breakfast: 8:00 am
Mommy/Daddy work time: 9:00 am – 11 am
Lunch: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Game time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Mommy/Daddy work time: etc.
Of course, the amount of time that you set aside for your writing at any given period is dependent upon the age range of the child/children.
But, giving your children times in which you promise to give them your undivided attention will reduce the amount of their interruptions.
Step 3.) Give them busy work
You’ll especially want to have a plan in place to keep the kids entertained while you are writing.
Here are some quick and easy ideas:
1- Movies/ T.V. shows
In the age of Netflix, Hulu, Firesticks and other streaming services, you can easily find good movies to watch.
Or, you can go the old-fashioned route and put in a DVD (yes, they still make those).
2- Audio books or podcasts
3- Out loud readings with visual aids
There are many live reading sources on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube that incorporate videos, pictures, interactive activities etc, for added stimuli.
For ex: Story-Time with The Word Count
(This idea can be a wonderful choice for little one with waning attention spans)
4- Board Games, online games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts etc.
You can go with the classics like Monopoly, Clue, Chutes and Ladders and Hi Ho Cherry-O etc.
Or you can try virtual games.
There are a few trending interactive games/activities that incorporate people from around the world like Rainbow Hunts.
5- Include them in your writing time
Make your writing time, writing time for everyone.
Encourage them to write you a story with pictures or write a letter to the friends that they haven’t been able to hang out with or just have them draw pictures of/from their favorite story.
Check out Dragon’s Write for more fun writing ideas.
Hopefully with these small tips, you can find creative ways to keep up your writing momentum.
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