When I first learned I was pregnant months ago, I was elated. I also had brilliant plans to completely revise my latest manuscript and write two more first drafts before the baby comes. After all, I was able to write pretty fast prior to pregnancy.
But none of that happened.
Any woman who’s been through pregnancy can probably relate to “prego brain” as I call it, not to mention countless other daily difficulties. However, I wasn’t prepared for a lack of efficiency in my writing and an inability to focus. Frustration set in, but it didn’t change the results.
As the months have progressed, though, I’ve learned a few things that have helped me through this transitional time that I thought I’d share, especially for those of you who may be going through the same thing.
Five Tips to Cope with Prego Writing Brain:
- Give Yourself Time: I’ve learned that I may not get as many words down on the page pre-pregnancy, but if I still write, I get something done. Making smaller goals has helped.
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up: If you don’t reach your goal, it’s not the end of the world. Your brain will come back (at least that’s what I’ve read and hope to be true).
- Change Your Game Plan: Try writing shorter pieces like short stories or blog posts. Try freewriting more, rather than forcing yourself to edit/revise if your brain’s not working up to potential that day.
- Change Up Your Writing Routine: This may include writing in different places or at different times, or even writing a different type of genre or piece. You never know what may click.
- Relax: If you need to rest, do it. Wearing yourself out won’t help. Enjoy this time getting ready for baby.
While our baby is due in less than a month (wow – can’t believe it’s so close!), I know my writing brain will return. I have faith. During this time, I’ve been able to write several short stories and complete part of my hoped for revisions, as well as write about a third of the hoped for word count on my manuscripts.
Anybody else experience this as they were writing? Or do you have any tips or ideas that helped you through that time?
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