I’m a writer, but I’m not always writing. I’m a part-time writer. I don’t have time to be a full time writer. And honestly, I don’t think I want to be a full time writer, even if I could be. I once told a friend that I’m a passionate writer, but not a very ambitious one.
So, what do I do when I’m not writing?
Confessions of a Realistic Writer: What I Do When I’m Not Writing
I spend a lot of time with my family. My kid(s) are little so a lot of my time goes to them. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. My family is my first priority. Always. I hope to be able to write more once I’ve finished having children and their all in school.
But right now, it is so much more important for me to spend time with my little one(s). I’d much rather go to the park or the library than hire a babysitter so I can get my writing done. That may work for others, and there is no shame in that. But my personal preference is to be a stay at home mom. Ever since I was a little girl, that was my number one desire.
I also try to do a lot of house work. Laundry, dishes, grocery shopping. My husband is a huge help, and sometimes I rely on him so that I can find time to write among the chaos of a young family. But he works hard all day providing for our family so that I can be fortunate enough to stay home. So I work hard to have dinner on the table when he gets home. I work hard to have evening free to spend with him. That means I don’t have as much time to write. But that’s a choice I’ve decided is worth the cost.
Other Creative Pursuits
Sometimes I choose not to write because I have other hobbies too. I like to do puzzles. I like to read. I’m a runner, a beginner seamstress, and a chef. I love running races, sewing simple projects, and trying new recipes. I am interested in photography and I love travel. Even if it’s exploring the city I live in. We go to the zoo almost weekly!
Writing Related Activities
I’m not always the best at multi-tasking, but when I’m doing house work that leaves my mind free to wander, I listen to podcasts about writing. Or I will listen to Audible which helps me keep up on my TBR list.
I also try to read a physical book on a regular basis. I love listening to audiobooks, but I will never lose the passion of holding a book in my hand and curling up on the couch to read.
I also try to take time to meditate, something I’ve started doing recently. And sometimes I take a moment to sit and think about my writing. This can lead me to write thoughts down, but sometimes I just reflect on how well I’m doing, where I want to improve, and what goals I want to set. It’s a great thing to do regularly!