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Writing While Pregnant

This feels like I am discussing writing while under the influence instead of just being pregnant, but there isn’t really any “just” being pregnant. I haven’t been blogging much, and this is the primary reason why. I’m not going to make excuses because it was my choice, but an update on this crazy writing thing would probably be good.

Airship 02Writing while pregnant has been tough for me. You get this “awesome” hormone cocktail coursing through your veins for nine months, which has made it challenging to get my head in the right place to write. While writing is an organic and creative process, I usually approach it from the logical side, and all the extra hormones and emotions get in the way. (Trying to explain why you have a blank page and are crying because the idea in your head is just soooo beautiful does not reassure your family members. Maybe this is why people think writers are a bit batty.)

Challenge number two is staying awake. I have a full-time job, a busy three-year-old, and a husband I try to spend time with, but my body is also creating life in here. (Look, what are you doing with your spare time?) Sleeping instead of staying up late to write is another choice I have had to make. This summer, I tried to write after Sweetpea went to bed, but based on the number of time I almost fell out of the chair, it was unanimously decided that was not the best idea I’ve ever had.

Getting the house ready for Thing Two has also taken up some time more recently. Digging out Sweetpea’s baby stuff, putting away other toddler stuff, and just making room for two eats into evenings and weekends. Also, Sweetpea has opted out of naptime at home (but still does it at preschool, no fair!). All attempts at negotiation have failed, even when offers of chocolate cake and banana ice cream were brought to the bargaining table.

Conversations with Sweetpea

On a related note regarding conversations with the toddler set, I find these videos to be hysterical. If you have not experienced the joy of discourse with a two- or three-year-old, you will find yourself saying things that:
A) Are covered under the Laws of Nature;
B) Have already been addressed in a dozen previous conversations;
C) Are conversations two humans have never had before;
D) Or border on Stockholm Syndrome responses.

Writing Groups

Also, I am looking for a good science fiction and fantasy writing group in Atlanta. Preferably, I’d like to find a group that meets often, weekly or biweekly.

I know I said I was serious about this writing thing last year, and it’s still true.  However, I have realized there is only so far I can take myself before I need the critical input of other writers.  Additionally, I do better with face-to-face time than back-and-forths over gmail.

So if you know of a good group, or are interested and in metro ATL, feel free to comment below or drop me a line.

15 comments on “Writing While Pregnant

  1. M T McGuire
    January 30, 2014

    Very funny vid. If it helps I couldn’t write a thing while I was pregnant but the lunacy of life with a small one drove me to it very quickly. :-)

    • tracycembor
      February 2, 2014

      Thanks, that makes me feel soooo much better. I just feel like the creative part of my brain is wrapped up in cotton balls and not accessible sometimes.

      • M T McGuire
        February 2, 2014

        Amen to that. Don’t sweat it, it does come back.

  2. lukebbtt
    January 30, 2014

    I am the most easily distracted writer in the world. I can only imagine what pregnancy must be… ooh, Butterfly. What were we talking about?

    • tracycembor
      February 2, 2014

      Yes, I have a lack of focus that rivals my three-year-old. I usually can’t remember what we were doing after I make her a snack. If I had to hold a writing thought in my head, or heaven forbid, the perfectly crafted sentence, I would be in big trouble.

      I just have to forgive myself right now and say it isn’t my fault, they told me they fixed it!!

  3. Kate Sparkes
    January 30, 2014

    Ugh, the hormone cocktail. I can’t even call mine “awesome” in quotation marks without crying over the memory. *shudder*

    Glad to have you back, though, even just a little. :)

    • tracycembor
      February 2, 2014

      It’s good to be back!! I hope to be back to fighting form soon. At least the occasional pregnancy-induced insomnia has given me some additional time for blogging and writing.

  4. mjpullen
    January 30, 2014

    I related so much to this, Tracy. I think we can be really hard on ourselves during pregnancy sometimes and forget, as you pointed out, that oh yeah, we’re creating LIFE. The writing will be there when you get back and your hormones are balanced again. Then you’ll be sleep-deprived, too. It’ll be AWESOME. :)

    • tracycembor
      February 2, 2014

      Yeah… can’t wait for the waking up every two hours part, but I am willing to make the trade so I can bend over again. Also, eating, breathing, and not running for the bathroom every thirty minutes.

      I’m leaving myself lots of notes about writing ideas right now. I look forward to reading them again once the baby is born so I can have a good laugh at my gibberish. Maybe something in there will turn out to be a gem. I’m an optimist like that. :D

  5. Not quite 40
    January 30, 2014

    Oh my gosh, those videos. And there are so many of them. The pants episode, in particular had me chortling. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • tracycembor
      February 2, 2014

      Glad to share a good laugh any time!! Yes, the pants episode is one that has been reenacted at my house too. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say some of the things that come out of my mouth. Aren’t there certain laws of the universe that are self-evident?

  6. Heather Lee Mills
    January 30, 2014

    I love those videos, especially the pants episode. :)

    As for writing, at least in my experience working on an academic dissertation, it takes a lot more time than you think it will. Add kids to the fray and it gets exponential. I think sticking with it even when you have hit a temporary lag or stop is the key to getting to the other side. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself.

    • tracycembor
      February 2, 2014

      Thank you for reminding me about the power of stick-to-itiveness. As long as I keep putting a few words on the page, I will eventually get to where I want to be. :D

      Good luck with the dissertation!! That is a level of organization that I don’t think I could do. My final business plan for my MBA was the limit of my academic writing skills.

  7. Brie Childress
    January 31, 2014

    Writing while pregnant is very much like writing while others under the influence. Except you have no idea what from drugs (hormones) you’re impaired by from one moment to the next. So the temptation to assume that just because you were logical ten minutes ago you think you are making a reasonable amount on sense now. On top of that, you’ve basically been body-snatched. Your body serves a new master and gives little consideration to your own needs, much less higher level functions like coherent thought. At least that’s how I remember it.

  8. vlsperry
    February 1, 2014

    Love the videos! Having gone through the pregnancy thing four times, I’d say you should cut yourself some serious slack in the area of logical development of your book. The hormone cocktail makes sustained logical thought very difficult.

    You might be able to write some of the emotional scenes you know are coming, though. I remember being pretty good with emotion, switching easily between joy, anger, sentiment, and pathos! ;)

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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