When my writing is going well, the piece I’m working on is always at the back of my mind. It’s almost like it takes on a life of its own, tugging at me to come back to my desk and keep going.
And I want to.
That’s where the guilt comes in. It sometimes feels self-indulgent to spend so much time working on my writing when it’s not my main source of income or helping me to raise my children. Here are some ways I work on keeping the guilt in check:
1. Get up early and write before everyone else wakes up.
2. Remind myself frequently that I’d be grumpy if I didn’t write – I need the mental peace it brings.
3. Pile on the praise to family members who are supportive of my writing time.
4. Suggest the children watch a Harry Potter movie (for the 28th time).
5. Remember I’m a role model for my children – and my future readers. Isn’t working towards a dream something I want to model?