Are you like me? I struggle with two inner voices. Well, I have more than two. But, this post is about the battle I fight for creative writing time.
One voice urges me to sit; take some time in my writer’s chair. Write a blog post, rework a scene from that 50k I wrote a couple of years back during NaNoWriMo, or read. It tells me, I won’t write unless I make the time. True.
A second — often louder — voice says other tasks have priority. There is much to do; and the clock only gives me 24 hours. Parenting, family, professional pursuits, volunteer commitments, errands, socializing, exercise, household responsibilities and style hunting all pull rank. Something has to change.
I try to quiet the two voices. Compromise is necessary. Balance is in order. I must live in order to have content. Life calls. Experiences give writing authenticity and encourage connections with readers. Therefore, I must not feel too badly when my writer’s chair remains empty for stretches of time. The voice that compels me to create will be victorious… eventually.
- NaNoWriMo (spinningjenni.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2013: Want to Write a Novel? (elisajosephine.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo tips – dealing with deadlines (jenspenden.wordpress.com)
2 thoughts on “Writing: Live to Write”
I agree that balance in the writing life can be super-hard. I find that sometimes I’m reluctant to sit down to write because I know that, if I really get into my writing, I’ll lose track of time. Other things just won’t seem as important anymore, and that can sometimes lead to important stuff not getting done. Writing is just such a single-minded pursuit. It’s hard to mix it with other things!
Sharon – Thanks for stopping by and reading. Like you, I lose track of time when I write. I get sucked into the blog post, characters or story. Same goes for reading.
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