Life as a writer is quite interesting. The world surrounds you with inspiration. People, nature, pop culture, the news. Ideas are everywhere. For many, that’s the easy part.
The hard part, at least for me, is finding time to write. Writing is a huge part of my life, yet I’m not at the point where it’s a source of income. So it’s not easy.
I have a “real job” that’s a top priority because it pays the bills. That’s kind of important as an adult. Above that, though, I have my family. We have to maintain those connections, make sure everyone is taken care of. Dinner, laundry, dishes… It’s a job in itself. If you have pets, that’s a whole other level. Me, I have five guinea pigs and an outside cat. Separate chores, separate responsibilities. And let’s not forget our friends. The people that help make you who you are. Many of which were your first supporters.
Of course, there are other things that could be added to the priority list. A second job or church life. Maybe you’re part of the PTO Committee. Maybe you help an older family member or you’ve recently moved and you’re still trying to make your home a “home.”
But where does writing fit in? Where do you make time? Better yet, where do you find the energy? After all the daily to-dos, writing ranks pretty low on the priority totem pole for me.
So let’s get a discussion going. What’s your writing schedule look like? Do you struggle with time and/or energy? Are you able to take a break from life’s chaos and make it happen? Tell us all your secrets!