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‘Writing tips for full time parents by a full time mum…’ – Guest Post by Author Mercedes Prunty

Like many mums out there I had a dream, my dream has always been to write books and see my name in print. I didn’t really go for it when I was younger, more because I was busy studying, partying with friends, reading, playing the Sims amongst other video games, learning to drive and living life. I was young, I didn’t think trying to aim for my dream goal back then was the thing to do, I wouldn’t have been seen as cool. Now I look back and wish I had started writing when I was younger because although I worked full time and was studying alongside it, I had energy… And lots of it. I could pull nearly all-nighters playing video games or chatting to friends and then vanish to work in the morning. If I had concentrated then using my time wisely instead of for fun I could have written more and given the chance again I would have studied English and Creative writing instead of Hairdressing like I opted for but back then to me being pretty and having friends was the main life goal.

Then I met my husband and had my children, the most perfect things to ever happen in my life and all I wanted for them was the best. Whilst on maternity leave my husband told me to try it, to write and see what happens, “What have you got to lose?” He would tell me and I began to write but I didn’t amount it to much due to low self-esteem but after leaving my job at the hairdressers when there was not enough work to go round for all the stylists (The lovely thing called the Recession) I took the plunge and Self-Published my first book Via Createspace with Amazon. Now I’m not going to say, “Hey I’m a best seller, I earn thousands”. Because that’s not true, I don’t. In fact at the moment I’m lucky to make back the money I spend buying my books to sell but whilst one day I would like it to be the thing that makes my family comfortable I am doing it to keep me sane, the characters just don’t shhh it sometimes. At the moment I am trying hard to build up my author platform, gain solid readership and promote my work like there is no tomorrow.

The main thing I have learned during my writing journey is… It takes time and patience really is a virtue…

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