In this helpful book entitled, Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids, Christina Katz dishes out solid advice with good humor in order to show beginning writers who happen to be moms how to achieve their professional goals.
The book is divided into four main parts: Preparation, Practice, Professionalism, and Poise. Katz fills these sections with a healthy balance of tips and inspiration. She uses sidebars to guide the reader on such matters as writing a blog, keeping multiple submissions in circulation, and utilizing contacts. Most of Katz’s strategies for breaking into the world of freelance journalism are sound. However, her take on the ten-minute power nap (“un-napping” as she calls it) is suspect. She recommends, “[L]ie flat on your back, close your eyes, and rest for just a minute. Set a timer nearby to wake you in ten minutes so you won’t fall into a deep sleep.” Unfortunately, as any mom knows, this technique comes undone with a tap of the snooze button.
A mother herself, Katz uses analogies to which moms can easily relate. For example, she compares the highs and lows of a career to a game of Chutes and Ladders. In the section entitled “Seventeen Ways to Avoid Writer Mama Burnout,” Katz gives mamas tips to manage a writing career without driving everyone crazy. Particularly insightful is her suggestion to read for fun. A freelancing mom can easily forget the joy of reading when she’s loaded down with assignments. Taking a break to relax with a good book is the perfect fix for a harried mom-on-the-go.
In the section “Imitate the Attitude of Writer Mama Pros,” Katz zeros in on the qualities and traits that lead writer moms to success. Most importantly, she explains “[y]ou are a self-directed mama when you don’t need someone else telling you what to do in order to accomplish your goals.” In short, any woman who exhibits the determination, selflessness and grace to be a good mother is equally well suited to reach her professional goals. With that in mind, if you have dreams of being a writer mama, pick up this book and get started.