How Do the Unwealthy, Non-Sponsored Find Time to Write?
February 4, 2015 § 10 Comments
Michael Nye at The Missouri Review weighs in on what it means to be a “white middle-class man” writer with the privilege of an education but no inherited (or married) wealth, how writers keep writing despite the need to string together work or work a nine-to-five job, and how luck and determination intermingle. He also quotes writer Fred Venturini on the subject. Both add much to the recent discussion:
I fund my writing life by working full-time…. My position is nine-to-five, and mostly administrative; I’m in front of a computer most of the day and there is no free time to pull up a Word.doc of my novel and work on it. … I don’t think I give the impression that my life is easy, nor do I think I give the impression that life is overly hard … I think back to a couple of years ago when I ruptured my Achilles. This was 2011. I was on crutches for months, went through rehab, and was unable to run for almost six months. All of it was pretty awful. But, I had health insurance. I paid almost nothing out of pocket for the diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation. That’s a privilege most Americans, let alone writers, don’t have.
I have been asked in interviews before how I find the time to write. I always found that question strange, simply because to me, it sounds like you’re asking someone “How do you find the time to play video games? Or hunt? Or scrapbook? Or shop?” We make time for the things we love to do; we have to find time for the stuff we don’t.