I read today’s Daily Kick by David Farland and felt something shift minutely in me. No, its got nothing to do with the functions of my intestines. The post was about protecting your writing time, but he also touched on priorities; family being number one. I realise that I spend what little free time I have cloistered in my study either writing or playing video games and not enough with my kids. The American Dream concept of having a career and enjoying your leisure time has become the global lifestyle. We become so protective of it that we get angry when the kids encroach on it. When did we start to forget that we are parents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives?
One of the things all parents say is that kids grow up so fast. That’s because we are so distracted by our own lives that we too often miss the opportunity to enjoy those precious moments of their childhoods. What’s the point of being able to write really touching and emotional family scenes when we squander those very gifts ourselves?
So making time for your writing is good, but leave the door a little ajar so that you don’t lose sight of what is important. But not all the time … deadlines are deadlines.
P.S. Apologies for any spelling mistakes. This blog was written on my phone.