Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Practical Challenges of Being a Writer

I often think of this quote from Virginia Woolf as, like many other aspiring authors, I try and juggle life and writing every day.  Because no matter how committed one is to one's dream, a living has to be made all the same.  I've been lucky enough for the last ten years to be able to combine part time jobs, occasionally two or three at a time, with my writing, and being an early morning writer, that has usually worked well.  Luck ran out at the end of last year, however, and I had to take on a full time job.  The impact this has had both on the quantity of time I can devote to my writing and to the quality of my work has been huge.  My writing hours have dwindled and my energy and enthusiasm levels have dropped dramatically. There is very little opportunity for walking, which is an activity I try and do every day as it helps clear the creative blocks and gets me doing some exercise as well.

So, while a room of my own is no problem, money is something that is factoring very large in my life right now as I take the decision to change my current full-time job for a part time one again.  I guess it all comes down to where my priorities lie and, for the moment - even though publication feels as far away now as it has at any point over the last decade - I am still committing myself to my goal and putting that goal before anything else.  Now I just need to rekindle my passion, get some energy going, find more balance in my life, and meet the writing deadlines I've set myself for the rest of the year.  Simple? Yes. Easy? No.  Doable? Absolutely!

How do you juggle life, work and your dreams??