The question pops in my mind quite often, rather out of random though or from someone bringing up the subject in an online forum.
Am I jealous of other writers?
Am I jealous of the Amanda Hockings, JA Konraths, and HP Mallorys of this world? Am I jealous of the many indie authors around me, who press on and do well…and release book after book?
Hell yeah, I’m jealous. I’m jealous of MOST other writers in fact. But not for the reasons that you would assume.
I’m not jealous of their sales figures, per say.
I don’t envy the money they’ve earned in revenue.
I don’t envy fame, or being “well known” in certain literary circles.
I covet only one thing…TIME!
I freely, and without any shame admit that I am envious that other writers have more time to write than I do.
Recently I had to take a little vacation from writing, and even from this blog…TO MOVE. Yes, I am renting a nice little apartment (which I love) but all of the packing, moving, cleaning the new place, etc…has taken a significant amount of my (already limited) free time.
Then there is my job, where I work 40 plus hours a week.
I can hear the lectures now…
How I should make time to write. yeah, yeah. I’m getting to that in a bit.
Things will settle down. I’ll get all the rest of my stuff moved in, and have everything “finalized” and be all settled in.
I have a shorter commute to work (THANK HEAVEN) which allows for more writing time. I have no distractions from my parents, and this place is “no pets allowed” so I have no distractions that way (as pleasant as they may be at times). No duties to feed the dogs, take them out, etc. Oh yes, and no barking.
I intend to come up with a writing schedule, and stick to it. Probably in the morning, before work. After work I’m usually way too tired.
And, of course when inspiration strikes, I must write! Even if I just jot what’s in my mind on scratch paper, and type it into a word doc later…
I am sure that this envy will pass as I devote more time to writing and am no longer running around like a chicken with my head cut off. hahaha!
I look forward to getting all settled in at my new place, and just having more time to myself…and more time to write.