I’ve read so many articles, pieces of advice and discussions by various writers and authors. The words vary greatly, some with specific advice and hints as to how to approach a writing career, others choosing to be more broad and admitting that different things work in different circumstances.
Either way, it is always interesting to hear how different writers approach their work.
Some are full-time writers, others write while their children are at school, many have other full- or part-time jobs and conduct their writing after hours and on weekends, and others have such limited time that they brainstorm all their ideas while doing other things and then write like crazy when they have a spare hour or two.
There are writers of children’s books, young adult fiction, non-fiction for any age, adult novels, chick-lit, romance, adventure, mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers… the list goes on. But you name a piece of advice written by someone who lives the writing life and I’ll read it; it’s intriguing to see different perspectives on a career path you want to forge. You can never have too many tips and, as with anything, some are useful while others are less so, but all are worth considering.
Despite all these differences in opinion by so many various people, there is one thing they all have in common (other than writing, of course!): you will never, ever hear a writer say that they have just enough hours in each day.
Whether they write full-time or are doing it in borrowed time after taking care of other things, I am yet to come across a writer who would knock back an extra hour or two each day. Or even an additional day or two each week.
There is always more to be written. More ideas to be put into words. Different books to write, articles to pen, networking to be done, marketing, publicising and interviews to be undertaken.
Although I have yet to experience much of this, I do have the issue of a non-stop mind that is overflowing with ideas. More hours would be more than welcome to help me fit in all the words I want to get out, but then again, would that even be enough? Or would I always be greedy for more, more, more?
I think I know the answer to that one.