For the Writing Mothers Out There

Here is a great opportunity for you Writing Mothers out there.

(And by the way: If you are a mother who likes to write, you are a Writing Mother.)

Here is the link to a call for submission for an upcoming anthology, A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers. The deadline of April 1, 2008,  is fast approaching, so we’ll have to work quickly.

New mothers, or experienced mothers looking back–what is your favorite story of that time? Write about it in 1000-2000 words and send it off. As I’ve said before, what do you have to lose? Read the Writers Guidelines on the Cup of Comfort site, follow them exactly, and—most importantly, enjoy writing your story.

If you’re wondering how long 1000 words is, my short story on this blog, If Tears Could Build a Stairway, is just under 1000 words.

I’m going to work on a story to submit. It’s a story about the exact moment I made the transition from New Mother to Mother. It’s a story that still makes me cringe, so it will be difficult to write, but I’m forging ahead anyway.

What are you going to write about?

Which of your stories do you replay in your mind? Which of your stories makes you laugh–or cringe? Which story do you tell again and again?  That is probably the story you should write down and send off.

That’s our assignment for the next couple of weeks. I know, it’s going to be tough. For me, too. George is home on his break. I have my 2-year old and my 7-month old. I’m attending Jazzercise district meetings and learning new routines to teach. I have other writing deadlines.

I’m still going to write something for this, and so should you.

At the very least, our reward will be that we captured on paper a story about our children and our families that they will always treasure.

Happy writing, and I’ll see you when we get back from our break!

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