It’s sad but true; I seem to have a bit of an obsession with time. Time needed to spend with my family, time needed to write in order to be published and build my writers platform. We all have the same hours in the day, yet I’m finding that maintaining a balance with everything required to become a writer these days can be quite daunting. Here are the top five on my list of sacrifices:-
- Housework. Now let’s face it, we could all do without this one! I read recently in a magazine an author let her housework pile up for a year to concentrate on writing her novel. After leaving her housework for so long, I can just imagine it would have taken months to clean it all up; imagine the amount of antique dust! Personally, I don’t think I could let the housework go for that long. Maybe just not obsess about it so much; housework is after all a thankless task.
- Watching television. Okay, guilty once again, yet I don’t watch as much as a lot of other people, which is a good thing. I probably wouldn’t watch more than about five shows in an entire week, though I can sometimes be guilty of watching what I own on DVD. So watching less DVDs ought to do the trick – they’re not going anywhere.
- Sleep. This is a tricky one. I could certainly do with less sleep in order to keep up with other things, yet sleep is required to re-charge the batteries. I don’t know about you, but unfortunately, the older I seem to be getting, the more beauty sleep I need! Whilst doing my studies, after the kids have gone to bed, I generally hop onto the computer to do more work. Believe me, at the end of the day, all I want to do is crash, and there are times when I really have to force myself, yet before I know it, when I look at the clock, it can usually be between 11pm and midnight. Applying this rule to writing forces you to keep going (just make sure you have the internet turned off!)
- Internet/Social Networks. Here’s another catch-22. Writers need to connect with other writers and make sure they are building their platform. The way I go around this one, I wrote about in an earlier post. Go on to social networks after you’ve finished your writing for the day to reward yourself; you’ll feel better for doing so and be willing to talk to others of your achievements.
- Reading. Yes, you probably think I’ve gone mad and I probably have because this is the hardest sacrifice I have to make! It’s not that I could give reading up altogether – that’s impossible! – it’s just that I need to read less. Reading inspires me to keep writing and I find pleasure in creating my own stories more. Read in moderation, yet write in excess!
What sacrifices are you prepared to make for your writing career?