Today, Jen continues with our ongoing correspondence on creativity and family life:
I wasn’t speaking to promote books and having to manage all of the logistical details as well as the content preparation for those events. Instead, I was dropping my kids off at school and on really good days, tucking myself into a booth at Panera, counting on refilling my mug of coffee and being absolutely undisturbed.
Where have those days gone?
In some ways, having authored three books, I’m more a writer than I was then. But the irony is that I feel like I’m not able to write like I used to, at least not write with space for boundless creativity to romp and play. Today, I may be publishing lots of words, but sometimes they can feel like the dubious effort of trying to wring more water from a desiccated sponge.
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What began as a Twitter conversation between two writers on creative work and family life has become an exchange of letters. Here is a list of our prior letters for Postmarked: