Renowned author Chimamanda Adichie opened up about the profound influence of motherhood on her creative process, revealing that the experience temporarily halted her prolific writing.
In an interview on BBC’s Woman’s Hour, Adichie shared the personal cost and the transformative nature of becoming a mother. She expressed that, had it not been for her daughter, she might have written two additional novels. Despite this perceived loss, Adichie emphasized the glorious and enriching aspects of motherhood that have brought a new level of awareness, ultimately nourishing her fiction.
Adichie acknowledged the challenges, stating, “There is something that we… and I will say ‘lose’.” She described the feeling of her brain being wrapped in gauze, a metaphor for the mental fog she experienced during pregnancy. Adichie explained that the creative block lingered for an extended period, hindering her ability to immerse herself in her fictional world.
Nevertheless, she highlighted the positive side, expressing hope that the new phase of experience and awareness gained through motherhood would contribute to her future works. Adichie is currently working on a novel, signaling a return to her creative endeavors after navigating the complexities of balancing motherhood with her literary pursuits.