Monday, June 4, 2012

A quick letter to the real people behind the writers

...if you have time.

The amazing thing is that the days are going so quickly. I'm working in an office five days a week, 9 hours a day, and my daily routine is not exactly awe-inspiring. It's just okay. And yet, the weeks are flying and turning into quick months that I seem to knock back like shots (or like I used to knock back shots). I've been writing, too, but mainly I've been catching up on bills. Catching up, mind you, does not mean I'm getting caught up. I have my priorities, my family, my writing. In fact, I'm rather enjoying the dual reality of office life, writer by night. Teacher when a class comes up I can take on. It's all kind of fun. But I say all this to say that my routines--my day-to-day--have taken some getting used to. The time management thing has come to me slowly. But, this is what working writers must do. What I've always done as a student and must do as one who has graduated into the world. We writers. We must find the delight when and where we can. Night, weekends, ridiculously early in the mornings. And we do, and we keep going. So, to all my working writers out there, keep going. I am. 

I am.


  1. Thanks for this. I struggle with keeping up everyday. I thought being a stay at home father would give me more time to write. Ha! Everyday I tell myself just a little more. Just keep writing. Just keep putting one word down. Just keep moving forward even if it is at a snail's pace. Time slips by and some weeks I feel like nothing has happened, like I've gotten no where, but every day is a new day and a new chance to put words down appears. So I keep going.

    Loved your piece at EDF today, The Sighting. Beautiful and poignant.

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by! Writing regularly is hard work, really hard work. I think the trick is yes, just as you say, keeping with it. So many people get frustrated and quit, and it's those that persevere that get where they want to go. "Every day is a new day and a new chance to put words down": Yes!

  3. Small moments, that's all any of us have to squeak in the necessary writing. We all need virtual assistants, don't we???

  4. So true! But maybe if we had endless time, we wouldn't love it so much. (That said, an assistant would be nice.)


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