But my dad had his own advice: Enjoy your kids. They won't be little forever.
So I gave myself permission to take my own summer breaks. Play with the kids. Enjoy life. Store up memories.
Back then, I was specializing in rejected picture book manuscripts. But I also submitted lots of poetry to kids' magazines, much of which was accepted (Thank you, Carus!). Oddly enough, I wrote MORE poems during those summers than at any other time ... usually after getting the kids to bed. We'd say our nighty-nights, then I'd spend an hour or so deciphering odd snippets of rhyme from the sticky notes I'd been slapping onto my desk throughout the day.
So if you're ankle deep in Legos and Play-Doh and soap bubbles and sidewalk chalk right now, relax and enjoy. But keep your eyes and ears and hearts open. And take notes.
If you're more determined than I was to keep your writing front and center through these summer days, here are tips and advice from others who have found ways to make it work:
In the end, you have to do whatever works for YOU. Good luck!
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P.P.S. Two books I've written are part of a new series from National Geographic especially for 3-6 year olds. Hitting shelves June 25th are Explore My World: Penguins, and Explore My World: Snow Leopards. Watch for them! :)