Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thoughts on Revising with an Infant

I'm working on revisions.  This is kind of like delving into a detail-rich logic puzzle in which there are no answers except the ones you make up.

I also have an infant.  This is like having a time bomb that screams at random intervals.

These two things aren't great together.  But we're making it work.  A few thoughts on the process:

1) Work when the baby naps.  Duh.  But this involves the baby napping.  This baby has decided that naps are for wimps.  So, hold your baby and read your book to her.  She will fall asleep from boredom and you will have the bonus of hearing aloud the crappy portions of your writing so you can fix them.

2) If you can't do it all at once, do it a sentence at a time.

3) You can still have coffee while nursing.  Praise the Lord.

4) Same with wine.

5) Cats make crappy babysitters, and they make worse critique partners.  Because they truly do not care about anyone who is not, at this moment, offering a lap for them to sit in.

6) When you can't actually work, you can plan.  And untangle plot knots.  And think of ways to deepen characters and clarify wonky situations and all that jazz.  Take advantage of the times you're pacing the floor with your nap-fighting infant to ponder.

7) When your husband or partner or friend offers to watch the baby, don't give them time to reconsider--get out that door so fast you leave skid marks and take your laptop with you.

So that's my week in a nutshell--how's yours?


  1. Glad you're finding time to write while taking care of your little one. :)

  2. Hahaha, this is priceless. As I'm still debating on whether or not the have children, I am evaluating what effect potential future baby would have on my writing. It's scary. I have a hard enough time concentrating as it is. Lol. I will be watching to see how you cope with parenthood and writing. Doesn't that make you feel good? :-)