I know I'm not the person here who is a parent and writer. I'm making this thread in hopes of sharing ideas to keep the muse around while children blather incessantly in the background. To be clear, I love my son. He's five years old and just started Kindergarten, the absolute light of my life. But Sometimes, I can't think when he's going on and on about whatever is churning around in his brain. At the moment: "Daddy, why are our faces not round?" I have a daughter due to arrive via womb (my wife's, not mine, for the sake of clarity) in December and I'm beginning to develop strategies to keep the inspiration around whilst tending to children. What happened tonight that prompted this: I am currently working on framing a short story that's been floating around in my head for quite some time. Before I start to work on it, I want to be sure the idea is whole. Just when I think I have something, he asks me why our faces aren't round, thus launching us into a conversation on why not everyone has the same shaped face, etc., etc. What do you other parents of young children do to keep your writing mind active while you devote attention to your kids?