Hope Clark, founder of the Funds For Writers website/newsletters, doesn’t have much sympathy for you:
I don’t care if you want to be a writer or a plumber, a doctor
or a teacher. You need to establish your path and lay out
benchmarks to reach those personal goals. The television, the
movie and the dust mop can go to hell.
The only time you have is now.
Well, this was the kick in the pants I needed after deciding I didn’t have time to blog today (I did work on my novel, though, so there ;)). Still, it’s good to be reminded from time to time. We always find the time for the things that are really, really important to us. So the question ends up being whether writing is really, really important or not. And I’ll be honest: to me, it isn’t always. I used to bust my butt to be the most hardcore writer I could be, but now I strive for balance. Living life is at least as important as writing about it. And I think I know myself well enough to know that by now I am a writer; I no longer just want to be a writer. No matter how busy things get, or how much I procrastinate, the writing will build up inside of me and eventually, I’ll have to get it out, whether there’s time for it or not. But still, there’s a lot to be said for doing away with excuses. And Hope’s lack of sympathy did convince me that I had time for a blog post after all.