I work a full time job, which fills my day until 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. five days a week. After a day at work, I am pretty tired. Maybe I could write, but I feel more like watching a movie on DVD or reading a book or going to bed. On weekends there is house cleaning and running errands and various writerly activities other than writing: posting to my personal blog and this blog, reading stories by other Wyrdsmiths... My second writing group, the Lady Poetesses from Hell, meets one Sunday a month. In the fall and winter there are operas on Sunday. (I have season tickets.) Patrick and I like to take day trips to Duluth or down along the Mississippi on the weekend.
Most of my working life, I have worked part time or taken time off between jobs to write. About ten years ago, I looked at those neat little reports you get from the Social Security Administration and realized I could not afford to retire. I needed to make more money in order to increase my social security payments; and I needed to save money. Since then, I have worked full time, and my productivity as a writer has gone down.
I'm not saying it's impossible for me to find time to write. Difficult is not impossible, as I always like to say. But I do feel frustrated; and I am unwilling to give up the rest of my life in order to write. Russell Letson, the distinguished Locus critic, has told me -- when you get to be our age, Eleanor, it's time to give up deferring gratification. Deferring gratification is fine when you're young; but if we don't enjoy our lives now, when will we?
How do other people find time to write?