If you’ve been pursuing the writing life long, you know the need to constantly balance both parts — the writing and the life. And really, the word “balance” is too tidy. The constant tension between life and writing is more like a tennis match that continues on and on, tied in perpetual deuce. First one takes the lead, then the other. But neither wins or loses. Everyone just grows weary.
I’ve written on and spoken about and lived through this reality of writing + life a lot over the past few years. And though the circumstances change, my general advice to myself and others always boils down to this two-word question: what’s sustainable? Because no matter how much you tweak or finesse either the life part or the writing part, in the end you’ve got to be able to live with it. And if you want to be a writer for the long-haul, then you’ve got to be able to live with it for a long time.Read More