4 Ways I’m Involving my Family in my Writing

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Today our Balanced Challenge is:

“How can you get your kids involved in what you’re working on? How can they experience what your job is like and contribute to it?


This was a good question for me to think about. Often when I think about my writing, I don’t take the time to think about how it will affect my children and husband. This is a mistake, because my family will be affected. Sometimes they will be affected negatively, because I won’t be available when they want me, the house will be messy at times, and they may have to fend for themselves. However, I have the opportunity to affect them positively as well, if I am intentional about making them part of my writing process.

  • I can share ideas and pictures with them so they have the opportunity to get excited about the project(s) I’m working on. Perhaps they will have an angle to share that I’d never think of on my own.
  • I can ask them for feedback, especially if I’m using them as an illustration in my writing. So far, I’ve found this a very positive experience. I’m very careful about what I share, and my kids like that I love them enough to write about them 🙂
  • I can take them with me when I have a book table set up somewhere. I’ll always remember the first time I did this. My oldest daughter was excited that I had pieces published and she wasn’t shy about stopping people and telling them to “Read my Mom’s story on page . . . “
  • I can ask for their help with research, especially if I’m writing about something they are passionate about. Kids love to share their opinions and expertise.

I’m looking forward to hearing other advice you have to share 🙂


  1. Faithful Acres Books on March 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    These are some great thoughts Ruth, I have not blogged yet today but will later on and link up. sometimes it seems I fail miserably at this when writing, but I just started writing. I have always longed to share great books I read with my family and my children. I try to make it part of our homeschooling if its a historical book. Right now there is just no way for them to help me with what i am writing since it is a personal account of part of my life. It is even from before DH came into my life, so he doesn’t know how to help me, but I am sure God can and does. I am sure in future writings I can include them in some of them.


  2. Ruth L. Snyder on March 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    We’re all at different places in our writing. Some days I do well at including my children. Other days I just want peace and quiet with no one disturbing me.

    You’re right, God always knows how to help us and He’s always there for us. Continue to listen to His still, small voice and be obedient to Him. You can’t go wrong that way 🙂

    May God grant you joy in your journey,


  3. Sarah on March 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I love your perspective on this Ruth quite a different from mine. But a blessing for it. 🙂 Thank you so much for the encouragement.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on March 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sarah I appreciate your encouragement and support.

      • Sarah on March 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm

        You are welcome. 🙂 It is nice to encourage others in the journey.

  4. sharonespeseth on March 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I appreciate what you are saying about including and involving your family in your writing career whenever this is possible and practical. Good for you! You are providing a good role model for your children by showing them your enthusiasm and dedication to what you are doing.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on March 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Sharon, thanks for your continued support and encouragement. 🙂

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