When Life Gets In the Way of Writing
Posted on June 12, 2012
I had a very prolific weekend with my words. Even though I spent half of my time preparing for my new business venture, I found lots of time to devote to sitting at my desk in my bright sunroom and allow my imagination and fingers take me away. By the end of Sunday, I had a finished chapter, an outline for a novel, and a short story written. Hurray for me! And then Monday came.
I’ve made the excuse in my head that I had things that needed to get done for the past two days. It is the same excuse that I’ve made many times in my past. The word that hangs around my neck like an albatross is “priorities”. We’re supposed to live our life according to priorities. Sometimes, our loved ones are high up on the list, and sometimes we allow them to drop to the bottom to the detriment of our relationships. While our writing may not be equal to our loving relationships, if we want to produce anything or to improve our skills, we have to make the effort to making it an important part of our lives.
I can say those words. It’s a little harder to put them into practice. Life gets in the way, and writing continuously ends up on the bottom of that list. I can justify that spending many hours over the last two days getting my business license was incredibly important. And it was. But what about tomorrow? What will I put at the top of my list then?
There are people who say set aside a specific time and write then every day. That may work for some people. I can’t say that I can call on the Muse at the same time every morning (or whenever your preferred time of the day is). My creative side depends on a more flexible use of time. But I don’t want to end up a weekend writing warrior either.
I have no definitive answer to proffer. However, in honor and memory of the sci-fi king Ray Bradbury who recently passed away, I end with his quote:
You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” – Ray Bradbury