Brigid Coady surfaces briefly to talk juggling
As we all know, no one goes into writing to make a fortune. And if you are still on the other side of the publishing door as a Gonnabe then you are not making any money at this at all.
Which means you need a day job (or a very rich husband that can afford staff so you don't actually have to look after the kids or clean or stuff). I have neither the husband or the kids bit I do have a mortgage and an addiction to books (and expensive makeup... need to keep up appearances if I want to find the man). This means that most days of the week between the hours of 9 and whenever I am allowed out I will be found doing something else. I will have my mind filled with other things which drown out my characters and make me lose that all important thread of motivation. It is hard to hang on to creativity when you are schmoozing.
So how do I keep going? How can any of us keep juggling with the day job? What I have learnt it that I must take the time when I can. If work isn't too busy then I'll leave on time and refuse to sweat the small stuff when I get home. I know that in a few weeks time it will go manic again and swamp me so I make the most of the times when it isn't.
I try not to think about work first thing in the morning when showering and commuting. I use those minutes to think on my book, work out problems that I might not get to implementing to the weekend but it means that there is less thinking to worry about when I get down to writing.
But mostly I try and get rid of the guilt. I refuse to feel guilty that my writing sometimes gets overtaken by the day job, the day job is my bread and butter and in this economical climate I can't let it slide. I also refuse to feel guilty for taking an hour for lunch and doing some writing if I get a chance. The happier I am, the better I will be doing.
How do you juggle the day job?
This month Brigid is querying agents with her YA book, The Stone Voice.