On Writing While Having a Full-Time Job…
Right now, I am flooded with ideas. So many ideas that there is not enough time in the day to get it all down in writing. Trouble is: I currently make my living at a pharmaceutical company where I work a normal 9-5. That’s 40 hours a week that I don’t get to write. ARGH!
Aye, there’s the rub.
I’ve known since I was young that writing was my passion. However, I’ve always known that the chances of making a living off of writing was slim to none which was why I went for my second passion: science.
Yes, I make good money, but I do have to work. I am not the only one who works to live and spends the rest of her time living her dream. One of my co-workers spends his free-time on his productions.
I know this is a shameless plug, but go and check out his skits: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlusKewlFilms
Anyway, with this influx of ideas and a full-time job…how do I manage? You have to do what you can. Me, I always carry a notebook. If I get an idea, I jot it down (even if I have to take a quick restroom break to do it). Obviously, I have to be serious about my job, so I try to take advantage during a tea break (yes, I take tea breaks as I don’t drink coffee) or lunch break. That way when I get home my ideas are written down and not forgotten. It’s hard but you have to do what you have to do.
One of my besties is a playwright in New York. She’s getting her masters at Queens and is getting so much exposure. I am so happy and slightly jealous. I want that kind of exposure but I have my job. Ugh. She deserves great things, she is such a wonderful writer.
I will get there. I know I will, it will just take longer.
But I know that I am not the only one going through this. I know there are people out there working for the man while trying to live the dream. It’s hard. But never stop. The important thing to remember is this: when it comes to art, you have to do it for yourself. Honestly, don’t do it for the fame or the glory or for anyone else. You have to do it for you. You. You. You.
I know this is quick, but I had to mention it.
That’s all for now.