I’ve noticed something about all of us writers: We are, for the most part, solitary creatures. Of course there are exceptions, but as a general rule, I believe writers tend to be introverts. We can go for days without any outside human contact.
Is this a good thing? Well, I think it can be. But just like everything else, too much time alone can have a negative effect on us.
While I was working on Final Final Revisions for PULL, I spent a lot of time in front of my computer, lost in a fictional world. This wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t have A) a full-time job and B) a husband and baby daughter. Every day, I would come home from work, put Baby Girl down for her afternoon nap, and crank out some edits while she rested.
Everything was fine until about two hours into my revision time, when one of two things would happen: Baby Girl would wake up or my husband would come home. Either way, I was interrupted.
And for a moment–just the briefest of seconds–I would totally resent whichever one of them interrupted my FLOW.
Which means that basically, at that instant, I considered my FICTIONAL people more important than my REAL people.
And that’s a little bit messed up.
Writing is such a noble pursuit. It can be such a wonderful job and hobby. But I think it’s important to strike a balance between alone time and social time. Let’s take care not to shut down and hibernate in our literary worlds.
What struggles do you have in your Writer Life? How do you deal with it?