To hone in on a skill, maintain this skill, and publish manuscripts, a writer must write on a daily basis. With deadlines to meet, a writer could be trapped in front of a journal page or behind a laptop for hours at a time. Often, such as in my situation, a writer becomes so determined to complete a manuscript or so immersed in the story created that the time just ticks by.
This time spent lost in one’s imagination may lead to loneliness. Sometimes a writer spends more time with his or her characters then with friends or family! Speaking from experience, I have had to exchange outings with friends for the thrills of a ballroom scene in need of some work. I have said “no” to visiting family to plot new projects. This past weekend, in order to meet a deadline, I had to turn down a movie night with my siblings!
Periods of feeling lonely will strike a writer, but often the cure is understanding how to utilize time. I’ve learned to put aside a few spare hours for writing each day, but also to give time to loved ones. Remember the movie night I turned down? Well, I ended up watching Lincoln with my siblings after my deadline was met. It just took a little scheduling.