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.
Causes Annette Talbert Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.