Last month, Rachelle Gardner over at Rants & Ramblings wrote a great post on what we give up as writers, which got me thinking about the things I give up every week so I can work on my WIP:
2. Watching movies
3. Going on dates with my husband
4. Reading more
5. Making more money
6. Spending more time with friends
7. Cooking more
10. Cleaning out the basement (I really want to do that—it’s a disaster)
11. Organizing photos
12. Hiking, rock climbing, yoga
14. Fun family activities
Of all the things I give up, the ones I miss the most are #4, #12, and #14. I don’t give up time with my kids. I have two days, and sometimes three, that I work, but I’m with them the other 4-5 days, and we do a million activities together. That’s important to me. They’ll only be little once, and the first years go by so fast, and a book isn’t worth missing out on that. But what I do miss is the group family activities I give up on the weekends. Every weekend since I started my $100 a week goal, my husband has watched the munchkins for one day while I stay home and write. They go to the Tilden Park steam trains, to Fairyland, to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and I sit in a dark room staring at my laptop. But these past two weekends I took a break from my WIP, and it was really nice. We went to the museum one day with friends. We went to the San Francisco Academy of Sciences one day. We spent a day in the backyard playing in the kiddie pool and sandbox. (I played in the kiddie pool while my husband finished building the sandbox.) The problem with taking breaks is that I find it really hard to start working again. It’s like going on vacation and realizing, “Wow! Life doesn’t have to be work all the time! It can be FUN!” and not wanting to go back to work the following Monday.
So what about you? What do you sacrifice to write? And when do you take breaks to have fun?