I, like many other writers out there, work close to a 40 hour week. Sometimes a few hours less, sometimes a few hours more. Either way – lots of us juggle our compulsory pay-the-bills day job with our passion: writing.
It’s not easy by any means. Personally, I’m married and my husband enjoys my company. Whether we sit and watch television, sit and play video games or play with the dogs – we like spending time together. And so sacrificing our few hours in the evening together to go and write is trying. I’m lucky I write first drafts fast or the last few months I would barely have seen him. Then there’s the times I resent anything interrupting my word-counts… including my family.
So I work out in the morning, go to work, get home and write. On a rare Sunday morning, my dogs might even let me sleep in. And there’s still never enough time.
Then there’s the networking. I’m lucky to have a face-to-face local critique group, as well as an online group I’ve known for years.
Even though you pick your groups (I only joined a Dystopian and a YA group), and therefore are technically in control of how much you take on. It’s a lot of work. In an already very full daily schedule – it’s very time consuming. The first challenge has produced a mass of, mostly, very well written 200 word flash fiction.
What’s the problem, you ask? Well – it’s not really a problem, just a matter of not enough hours in the day. Trying to get around to the way over 250 entries to the first challenge is time consuming let alone writing one yourself. But damned if I’m not going to try. Hopefully I’ll get my own up before the end of Friday – and next challenge? I’m starting on day 1!
My long rambly point is:
Writing is a commitment. Writing is not just writing. Writing involves being a part of the writing community and networking to find people of your genre, people seeking crit partners, beta readers – and well in general finding people who understand you and the voices in your head.
Writing and getting your writing out there involves sacrifices and a lot of hard work. Other people may try to, but when it’s all said and done – non-writers just don’t understand.
This campaign, might add a bit to the already busy workload of a day job full time writer… but damned doesn’t it feel good to be part of a writing community full of people who understand where you’re coming from?
How do you divide your time if you work, have kids, family etc? Do you ever feel like you’re sacrificing to write? Do you ever get annoyed about having to fulfill obligations other than writing?