One thing non-writers like to say to me, a writer, is that they always wished writing was something they could do. Every new person i meet, it’s the same reaction once we get to the what-do-you-do part of the conversation: “Oh, you write? I wish I could do that! I just don’t have the time.” It’s usually said in a condescending tone, as if writing isn’t a job worth having.
I hate it.
If there’s one thing I know as a writer, it’s that writing is work. It’s not easy to make a living as a writer. If it were, I wouldn’t be stuck with a day job in retail. That being said, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, if you really want to take your writing seriously, as a job or even just as a hobby, you have to actually make the time. That means you have to assess your priorities. Which is more important: getting your writing done, or binge-watching your new favorites series on Netflix? Do you get up early and write, or do you sleep in a couple extra hours (and believe me, I know sleeping versus writing can be a difficult decision to make)? Sacrifices must be made. You need to stop making excuses.
And if you’re not willing to do that, you must not want to write that badly.