The Secret Life of Writers or
What Writers don’t tell their Families.
I have six children in their teens and early twenties who are all still living at home, (one has their partner living with us), so ours is a very busy house. From the moment I get up in the morning and take child number 6 to the train station at 6.30 am, until the last one gets in from UNI or work at around 9pm, I don’t stop.
But while I’m doing the shopping, driving kids places and cooking, I’m writing.
So here is an insight into … the Secret Life of Writers.
1. Everything is grist for the mill.
No matter how awful or wonderful the moment is, a writer will map it in their mind, so they can find it again and re-experience it to write about it.
2. Those long comfortable shared silences, aren’t really silent.
While you’re sitting there after dinner, sipping a wine or watching a sunset, your writing partner is really miles away, inside their latest book, wrestling with plot intricacies.
3. A writer is never bored (see 2.).
4. When your partner says they love you, they mean it. But …
They wish everyone would leave them alone sometimes, completely alone, because time alone in their heads is a luxury. And they need it to feed the creative crucible.
As a writer I often feel like I’m living on two planes, one is the every day and the other is as vast as my imagination. As a creative person, a writer, artist or musician what goes on in your mental world that you don’t share with your family?