Ironically, I don’t have a lot of free time to write, so this post is going to be short. A short post about free time.
Let’s face it: free time is a rarer commodity that vibranium. It’s harder to pin down that the Road Runner. It’s more strained than those metaphors.
And as writers, it’s even rarer.
Let’s face it: we don’t have free time. Our free time is really writing time. You’ve got worlds to build, hearts to destroy, souls to claim (I assume. That’s what writing is, right?). That doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading, or movie watching, or binging TV (*cough* Smallville *cough*). Which is…draining.
So think of it this way:
For every job you’re given vacation time, sick days, and a lunch hour. Time when you’re excused from work. And sometimes you have to approach writing time the same way. For the hours you’re working, you work. You get the words on the page. And then you take a lunch hour to relax. Or you clock out at the end of your “writing day” (be it 15 minutes of solid work, or 8 hours) and have a happy hour to celebrate, and just do whatever relaxes you.
Writing is like any other job. You need time off and sick days and vacations. You need breaks to recharge your brain.
You need to keep some free time free.
So sound off in the comments: how do you find the balance between free time that goes to writing, and free time that goes towards your own well-being?