Ever since I started my job (around 30 hours a week), I haven’t been able to write much at all. Either I force it, and it’s all stuff I’d chuck away, or I’m so exhausted, that I can’t write a single word. It’s not that I lack the motivation or inspiration – I’ve got a story I’m actually trying to write – it’s everything else.
It doesn’t seem like much, since, out of 24 hours in a day, I work 6, but when you add up bus travel-time, dishes, supper, homework, etc., it doesn’t leave that much, and the few I have, I’m too exhausted to think, let alone write, and I tend to use all the hours I can possibly get to sleep.
This has left me feeling empty, and depressed – not being able to write leaves a hole inside of me that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I want to write, more than anything, but I also have to think of my health, and get enough sleep, or I won’t be able to pay for basic living.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I do try to write on weekends, but I also want to spend time with my son, and boyfriend – it’s just hard to balance everything. How do other writers/authors do it?