Journey of a storyteller: Balance? My arse!

This writing business can be fraught with personal challenges, and yes, sacrifices. I am always suspect of ‘writers’ who seem to be able to manage the work, rest, play routine; suspicious – or jealous!

For me, at times, the balancing of all of life’s elements often seem like an unreachable goal. The more I write, the more I struggle to keep it all going. The less I write, the harder my days become…

“All the time I’m not writing I feel like a criminal. It’s horrible to feel felonious every second of the day.

It’s much more relaxing to actually write.”

Fran Lebowitz

Having a full-time job must factor into the mix, of course, and I’ll admit, I am a bit of a perfectionist, an all or nothing kind of person anyway.

In other words, a pain in the backside!

Half-measures don’t suit me. Sloppy attempts don’t suit me – the curse of the Virgo child – and honestly, I’d rather not carry out a task, writing or otherwise, if it can’t be done with one hundred per cent commitment.

Frustrating, or what?

Yeah, but life is messy, I hear you say. Not everything can be methodical and organized and perfect. Chillax and get over yourself!!

Indeed, and I do agree. Which is why I so often feel like a square peg in a round hole – like the struggle to do it all becomes more of a struggle to avoid it all.

So what is the solution? Is there one? Has anyone cracked it yet?

Am I doomed to be a miserable, felonious, frustrated non-writer?

Or is it okay to be a happy, solitary eccentric, gleefully tapping away on the keyboard, or scribbling the chicken scratches on the pages of my very beautiful notebooks while the world and its woes float on by?

Now, where’s my favourite pen? Don’t you just hate it when people ‘borrow’ your favourite pen???

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