I have been reading a few tidbits here and there about authors and their struggles of writing while working and raising a family. It’s inspiring to know that famous authors have struggled like the rest of us. It makes them seem more human and my dream a little more achievable.
I have always been the one to wait for a good moment to write. A day off, or some down time. Now I see that I have have been doing it all wrong. I can’t wait for time, I have to find it. I have to chase it.
Stephen King is one of those authors. He was a teacher, finding time to write among all his other duties of making lesson plans, teaching, grading papers, and raising a family. He found a quiet place, an ironing board in the laundry room, to write every night. How in the world did this man have time to focus on writing? What drove him the most in his writing?
I realize that to achieve my dreams there are a few things that I am going to have to give up.
One of those things is TV. I am not saying to give up every show I love to watch, but I need to limit my time in front of the mind numbing box. There is always something on TV that I want to watch, but just like food, you need portion control. And just like with food, I have no self control. I need more discipline in my life if I want to accomplish my goals and reach my dreams.
Another area that I need to give up and control better is my sleep. I sleep all the time. I get up to take the puppy out and come back in, turn on the TV, and fall asleep. If I have to go into work at 2, I will sleep until I HAVE to get ready for work. I have become lazy, letting depression get the best of me.
I have too many dreams and too much creativity to let sleep and cheap entertainment steal that away from me. I must sacrifice for my many dreams. It’s the only way.
To all my writers out there, what have you let get in the way of your writing?