Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ten Signs Your Writing Is Hurting Your Life
So far in 2011 I have done a better job at striking a healthy balance between life and writing, but let’s face it, we’re only twelve days into the New Year. When I woke up today, I had that burning need to write and block everything else out. Yes, my house needs cleaning, I haven’t worked out in several days, I need to go to the grocery store, and I need to file…I need to stop right here, because the list of everything I need to do goes on forever. Regardless of all those needs, I was determined to put all my chores on the back burner and start work on my new book. Unfortunately, my youngest child woke up sick. I gave him all the proper mommy hugs and attention, but I have to admit I felt a little underlying irritation that after three days of being snowed in with my kids my child would not be going back to school as I had planned. I plopped down at my kitchen bar for a good sulk and picked up the Wall Street Journal to read. In today’s paper, there is an article about ten signs whether your technology is interfering with your life. It struck me I could easily write a similar list for whether writing is interfering with your life. So here goes – ten signs to tell whether your writing is eclipsing the here and now.
1. You’d rather write about sex than have it.
2. You bring your computer to bed.
3. You bring your computer on vacation and spend more time in front of your computer than actually doing activities with your family.
4. You’d consistently rather write than spend time with your friends.
5. You never turn off your computer.
6. You sleep with your computer near you, jumping out of bed at various times during the night to key in some words.
7. You’re regularly late for appointments because you cannot pull yourself away from your writing.
8. You’ve had an argument, or several, with your spouse about how much time you spend writing.
9. You write while driving. I’m not talking about in your head. I mean you physically try to write ideas that strike you as you drive.
10. You read this list and are guilty of at least five!
I’m not saying that there are not times when writing should be your number one priority. What I am saying is that without life experiences your writing will not be as good as it could be. Now go out there, live life, AND write a fabulous story! I would love to hear if any of you struggle with finding a balance between work and real life, and what strategies you employ to help you achieve equilibrium.
Have a great day!
Julie Johnstone, The Marchioness of Mayhem