Q4U: What We Give Up
Over the last couple weeks, the blog discussion has turned to whether writing is a lifestyle or a mindset or a calling. We’ve talked about how we fit it into the margins of our lives, or make it a priority. We’ve hovered around the edges of the question: What do we give up in order to pursue the dream of writing and publishing—while still maintaining a healthy family life?
Life is all about choices, and when we choose to pursue a passion that’s time-consuming, we have to say no to other things. I’m a mom and a wife, and I’ve chosen to be a literary agent, writer and editor. I also volunteer at my kids’ school and dedicate time to their pursuits. But doing all of this doesn’t come without a cost—I’ve had to let go of some perfectly good things.
So here are a few things I don’t do:
- I don’t watch much TV.
- I don’t scrapbook, knit or crochet.
- I don’t separate the whites from the colors.
- I don’t grow a garden.
- I don’t cook gourmet meals.
- I don’t play computer games.
- I don’t go to PTA meetings.
- I don’t make my kids’ Halloween costumes.
- I don’t homeschool.
- I don’t remember everyone’s birthday.
- I don’t run marathons or even 10K races.
- I don’t dust.
- I don’t ever sleep past 7am (usually 6), even on weekends.
So, now that I’ve admitted to some things I’d like to do if I had more time… what about you? Have you given up anything in order to pursue writing?
Spill the beans… and have a good weekend!
Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent