Today’s question is for my writer pals, though not exclusively for them. Really, it’s for anyone who does anything creative — writer, artist, designer, musician — but doesn’t make a living off it just yet. (Even if you do make your living writing, taking pictures, waling on your axe, etc., I’d still love to hear from you on this one.)
There are a lot of things competing for our attention daily, but one of the big ones, time-wise anyway, is work. An average eight hours of your day is spent doing what Cherie Priest calls “day-job work” — how do you find the time to write (or pursue your other art) when you get done with work for the day? How do you find the motivation?
Some of you have kids, too, which just impresses me no end — someone who’s able to work, write (or paint, etc.), and take care of kids. . . well, I’m pretty sure that person is using performance-enhancing drugs somewhere along the line.
So, what’s your secret? I’ll share mine in the comments a bit later, but fair warning — it’s pretty underwhelming.