So, with all of the insights and observation. All of the advice and tools shared at the conference, the question remains:
How do I create a writing life?
How do I arrange my life so I can write? It usually comes down to time and money.
I need to make enough money to support my family. Right now that means a full-time position. The first paradigm shift for me post- unemployment period was recognizing that I am no longer looking for a career, but a job to sustain me while I pursue my passion.
My current job actually sucks a lot of my energy since it is very demanding work. Eventually I would like to make better decisions about future jobs that will make writing possible. As author Diana Abu-Jaber stated in her presentation, “base all work related decisions on your passion.”
The second insight that will help me create a life of writing is finding emotional support. Writers need other writers. We need to be connected to others who support our efforts. A writer’s group can as Abu-Jaber said, “will help you say and write exactly the thing we are afraid to say or write”
To join a writer’s group is the next big step for me. I will expose myself and my writing will be critiqued and scrutinized. That’s a giant risk, but we cannot create in a vacuum. The need to share and learn from others, while supporting each other is invaluable.
The bottom line is: any creative life takes, time, commitment, and self-discipline. No matter what you do to earn your daily bread, you must make your passion your priority.