I’ve been struggling with my writing lately. It’s not that I’m blocked on a story or can’t figure out what to write next. It’s the time thing, and all the other pressures that pull me in too many directions at once.
I have a demanding day job, one that requires a lot of my time and creative energies. I can’t quit it. We need the money. And in any case, I like the job. But it doesn’t always leave me with much juice left over at the end of the day.
And there are other things. My husband and kids want some of my time. So do my friends. They’re all very important to me and keeping those relationships healthy takes time and work.
That leaves a few late-night hours a day generally for writing. And sometimes a few more on the weekends. I’m a night owl so late-night writing doesn’t bother me, but I have to get up fairly early in the morning and lack of sleep does.
I’m not a fast writer at the best of times, so my output is slow. I’m not happy about that. But I don’t know how to rework the balance of things to change it.
Does anyone else have this problem?