I’m sure that many of you must share some of the same experiences of writing with me, which is why I raise this issue.
I’m not a full-time writer, but hold down a professional job to pay the bills. Sometimes it is satisfying work, but other times, like now, it is incredibly dull. God, I can feel my life draining away. My brain would try to escape and set off in search of bright lights and excitement, but sadly, it is still required to keep up the appearance that I am producing useful work, worth paying me for. Also, at least to myself, I like to maintain the illusion that I’m reasonably good at what I do, particularly when I have enough to do, and am inspired by the work.
The thing is, working does take up rather a lot of time, physical and mental energy. I know that a lot of people out there have this amazing capacity to go home after work and write, and I have immense respect for them. It’s just not something I can do when I’m tired.
Reading is another matter – I can do that at almost any time, and it helps me escape. But reading requires a much smaller injection of creative energy from me.
So I’m wondering if anyone has any tips on combining writing and work? Is there any way to avoid writer’s frustration, and yet continue to eat on a regular basis?