Wednesday 25 April 2012
Getting A Life . . .
I'm in a rut. I work from home therefore see nobody during the day unless my colleague or boss skypes me. My husband is a long distance lorry driver which means he's away most of the week, and all my friends are too busy with their work life during the week to even contemplate being social (weekends are saved for hubby time).
This means from Tuesday (I make a point of going out on Monday to my Writers' Circle just to get out the house) to Friday, it's just me and the cat. I don't actually mind this. I like my cat's company, and it does give me lots of free time to write, draw, watch what I want to watch on TV, but there's a down side.
Without going and being sociable, with nothing interesting or exciting going on in your life, you can lose that creative spark. It becomes dull. When I worked in our old office and before I started driving, it used to take me 40 minutes to walk to the bus stop, 20 minutes on the bus to the office, and then repeat the whole process coming home. And when I did get home, my evenings were spent writing, writing, writing. I got loads done. Now I find myself with all this spare time and words fail me.
I'm not a full time writer, but I understand that to be so takes a huge amount of discipline. If you were home all day with all that spare time to write, would you be as creative as the person who has to squeeze an hour or so in everyday during their busy schedule? It's tough. And proves that writers still need a life to be able to work to their full potential.