How do most writers balance their lives? This has been a constantly changing and evolving issue for me.
Ideally I would love to be able to write when I want to and then fit in everything else around that.
Realistically I have the real world to deal with. Day to day things as mundane as a roof over my head, food to eat and enough money to maintain myself have to take a priority. Daily living takes up a lot of time and energy.
Then there are the other people in our lives. They have to be a priority as well. We need others to live healthy lives. There are obligations to relationships that need to be taken care of.
Throw in other interests and some fun time and life gets complicated and busy.
I know some people are good at making a strict schedule and sticking to it. I’m not that kind of person. I need flexibility and freedom. I don’t want every minute of my life planned. Where is the fun and freedom of just going with it? But before I know it I find that my time, energy and focus get stretched too far and wide. Then my writing gets pushed to the side for later.
I’m getting better at prioritizing but sometimes life throws things at you that can’t be avoided. Frustration enters. Resentment enters. I’m getting better at recognizing those feelings as signs that I need to get my priorities straight. Sometimes I have to just ride it out.
So, how do other writers balance their lives? Is there a happy medium? What advice can other writers offer here?