If you find it difficult to maintain a write-life balance this post might help.
I was walking through my neighborhood last night, thinking about my blog and what posts would fit in it. As I was walking I came across people who were walking their dogs like people usually do after working hours. This got me thinking about how this routine is much like writing.
Taking care of your dogs consists of 3 main responsibilities:
- Feeding your dog (reading books and articles, watching movies and TV series)
- Walking your dog so it can leave its “marks” on the world (writing)
- Playing with your dog (experiencing life so you could write about it)
Without being responsible for all of the 3, having a dog is a kind of pointless.
You are a writer, you own the writing-dog whether you want it or not. You must feed it, walk it and play with it (or let it play with other dogs). If you don’t, your writing-dog will become mal nourished, sad and sick, or just fat and lonely.
Ever noticed that your dog knows exactly when it is time to go out? It will come to you wagging its tail and eager to go on a walk. Maybe even to poke you a little so you’d notice that it’s time.
The same effect will happen to your brain when you start a daily or weekly writing routine. Your brain will (over practice) automatically tune in to writing mode if you set specific days and hours for it and stay consistent. During the off-time you will feed it and play with it so it will collect enough energy and ideas for the next writing periods.
What about those dog gardens where dogs can play with each other and you get to know other dog owners? Build a circle of trustees, share your work, get notes and learn from each other.
Remember, you can’t just read all the time and wait for inspiration; you have to let it flow while already writing. You can’t write without experiencing life to its fullest or else you won’t be able to deliver any insights or authentic emotions to your writing, and you can’t go on a journey or do some crazy dangerous shit will the assumption that the story will write itself in your head without polishing and refining it.
Either way, you must attend to your dog so you won’t wake up some day and realized you abandoned it. It’s never too late to start over but it gets harder without living this routine constantly.
So, are you ready to start taking care of your writing-dog?