Right now I’m not getting much writing done.
The last two weeks have been a bit of a challenge. My wife now has a job after eight years of being a stay-at-home mum, which is fantastic, but part of her employment involves a four week training stint 600km away in Brisbane (which she is still completing). Therefore, I’ve had to fly solo with looking after our two daughters. So, between taking them to school and dancing and my full-time job in public relations, there only seems to be time left for eating and sleeping and not much else.
I do have an illustration gig however, a 9 page comic story for Midnight Echo magazine, which I am squeezing in at night after the girls go to bed, but I do miss the writing. Unfortunately the old noggin is only letting me be creative in one area at the moment.
It goes without saying that I have to thank my wife for supporting me with my writing endeavours – for giving me all the time I needed to make a start.
Until life becomes a bit more “normal” the Halloween-themed novella will have to be put on hold. The comic story will be completed in the next two weeks, but it still seems like time is always against me.
There are a lot of other writers in a similar situation out there and I wonder how they manage to find time to be creative. Is it always at night – or do you manage to squeeze in some time during the day? Most days I head to the library for lunch and use the 45 mins to either write or draw. Do you all dream of the day when you could write full-time – spending those eight hours doing what you love?
Part of the reason I only work part time. I know not many people have that luxury … no doubt things will change if/when I have children of my own.
Hopefully one day I will be able to work part time Matt or chuck in the daily grind altogether. A part of me wishes that I could have started pursuing writing more seriously much earlier in life, but I think it takes a considerable amount of maturity.