Good advice for writers and creatives of all kinds, courtesy of Rita Karnopp’s and Ginger Simpson’s fine blog:
by Rita Karnopp
When we hear the word ‘balance’ then add writing and life, an author could almost laugh. It’s a bit of a facetious statement.
When I started writing my children were very young, five and three. So I scheduled my writing time after they went to bed around nine and wrote until two or three in the morning. But, that’s not to say I never wrote during the day – because I did. My office space was in our front living room (because we never used it, we always used the huge family room to the back of the house facing the mountains) and my desk faced the hallway toward the bedrooms. The kids, and their friends, came in and out of that front door – past me – how many times a day?
I set rules and explained they could wave at me, but if they didn’t have anything really important to ask or say, they could just walk on by and not interrupt. It’s called respect when someone is busy working on something that is important to them. It took some time, but they actually got it. I think my husband became the biggest offender of interrupting for ‘non-important’ things.
I’ve said in other articles, my kids now laugh about falling asleep to the clicking of my keyboard . . . and of course there are the hilarious stories of them listening to my printer’s endless buzzing and snapping back and forth . . . and how they waited for it to stop so they could go back to sleep.
Writing time should be designated, planned, and a habit. When we steal more time to write we have to fit it into the whirlwind around us. I find I can now write just about anywhere, with just about anything happening around me. I’ve come a long way from the days when I used to say, “Unless it’s completely quiet – I can’t concentrate to write.”