A Million Other Things

Being a writer should be so easy. After all, we’re all tied to our keyboards 24/7, so what’s a little detour into fiction? Is anyone going to notice that you duck away from the spread sheets and into something you actually find exciting?

Well, yes.

Unfortunately, people at the office will start to wonder what’s going on when you disappear into your own world and the things you actually get paid for don’t happen until the evening.

And when evening happens there are so many other things to do.

  • Dinner.
  • Laundry.
  • Ironing.
  • Vacuuming.
  • Helping with homework.
  • Time with loved ones.
  • Catching up with friends.
  • TV.
  • Reading.
  • Fill in the blanks.

I read an article once where someone said the just “gave up TV for a year” and that let them write their novel. Well, good for them. I guess it depends on how much TV you watch. For me, it’s the hour between when my son goes to bed and when I go to bed. Even if I give up that one little hour, it will still take me a lot more than a year to write a novel.

I think.

Being a writer is the hardest thing in the world.

You already have one job. Now you have another. And another that can only be done when you can sneak time away from everything else you have to do. I can’t see my son being thrilled about not being fed for a week, flunking maths or having to go to school without underpants because I had to focus on my book as soon as I walked through the door. ‘Mummy loves you, darling, but Mummy’s chasing her dreams right now.’

So the question is, how to overcome those million obstacles?

How to commit to your dream without jeopardising everything else in your life.

How to find that golden middle path that will make everything possible.

That’s a big ‘How-To.’

But one worth pursuing.


Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

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