Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
Ann Patchett (Truth and Beauty: A Friendship)
I sometimes forget how privileged I am to have the talent to write. It's just that, with my time now so severely constrained, I feel like I have to use every free moment that I have to write. Those two words "have to" become a problem to me. Because they turn writing into work. A chore.
While writing does take some heavy commitment in order to achieve something with it, I don't think it's supposed to become a chore most of the time I write.
Rather, I need to focus on the fact that writing is my friend too. Writing always listens when I want to rant, or when I'm sad. It celebrates with me when I'm happy.
I miss writing when I don't spend time on it for a while. But like most friends, I get a little tired if I force myself to be with it all the time. Sometimes, although writing might be my sanity's saviour, I need to see other friends too.
But the fact remains that when I'm not writing, I feel trapped in my life. As if I can't breathe. Writing frees me.
I need to remember that the next time writing starts to feel like a chore.
Do you sometimes feel as if writing is a chore/too much work? How do you remind yourself of why you write?