Friday, July 26, 2019

Writing: When Life Intervenes

We've had a visit from all my children this past week, and it was good to see them. Just about the time they left, other family duties called to me. Meanwhile, I didn't write a single line all week. How do you handle this?

To begin with, you have to realize that I'm what Lawrence Block called a "Sunday writer." I don't depend on my writing as my sole means of support. I've decided that "retired" means, among other things, that there's no "have-to" in my writing. If you read my post last week, you'll know what I mean.

After you decide what your own writing represents--an annuity, a hobby, or an occupation--then you can decide how to handle a break from it. For me? Family always comes first.

I should be back next week, but in the meantime, feel free to discuss where you are on the spectrum I've referred to. I'll be interested to know.


Priscilla Bettis said...

I am an amateur writer.:-) It'll do for now.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, that's the nice thing about being an amateur (or "Sunday writer.") If you don't write, there's no little voice in the background scolding you.

Patricia Bradley said...

Writing is my job now. Exchanged retirement for writing. lol But since I quit writing two books a year (now only writing one) I have more time for friends and family. Enjoy your time off, Richard!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I used to write a book every 6 to 8 months, but after my last novella I determined that I was in control, and I was going to slow down. That's why my next one (which will be a full-length novel) may not be out until after the first of the year. And that's okay.
Thanks for your comment.