My life would be easier if I gave up writing, but it wouldn’t be as fulfilling. It’s tough juggling work and home and family and friends and pets and writing and pursuing publication. Books don’t write themselves, they don’t revise or edit themselves, and they can’t market themselves. It takes time and dedication. If you’re anything like me, you’d love abundant, uninterrupted time to write, but that means taking time away from loved ones. I have an awesome husband who whole heartedly supports my writing. Anytime I tell him I need extra time to work on my book, he offers to either take the kids out somewhere or to watch them while I go off on my own. Still, I sometimes feel guilty about the moments I’m missing with my family.
Here’s the thing: writer’s have nothing to feel guilty about when spending time on their craft. At first, we may not get paid much, or at all, but it’s still a job. If we approach writing as a profession, rather than a hobby, we understand the value we get out of time away is improvement of our craft. What greater return can we get for our dedication than tight prose, engaging dialogue, likable characters, intriguing plots, etc. Those are some of the things that will lead us where most of us want to be – published.
So, although I’d have way more time on my hands if I gave up writing for publication, I can’t give it up. I enjoy networking with fellow writers online and spending time with my critique group every week. I love falling into ‘the zone’, reading it later, and knowing it’s good stuff. I’m addicted to discovering learning more about my characters, meeting new ones, and exploring new worlds.Finding time to work on writing is hard, but it’s worth it.
Do you have a hard time finding time to write? How do you make time? What inspires you to keep writing?