Keeping Up

If you ask most aspiring writers why they want to be a full-time writer, they will tell you “the freedom.” I suspect that many of them have an image of Hemingway in Havana, hanging out in a smoke-filled bar, drinking and telling stories. The idea of the writing life as “care-free” is widely held, filling the daydreams of every would-be writer while they toil away at some 9-to-5 job. “If only I could write full-time,” they say to themselves, “I’d be free of the bounds of this overly-scheduled existence.”

News flash: if your daydreams sound like that, you haven’t gotten serious — or serious enough — about writing. Serious writing requires serious commitment, and THAT requires serious time management.

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