Check out this great post from the Suburban Syntax Blog on the challenge of balancing creation and consumption.
“You cannot create when you are consuming.”
Pragmatic writing advice if I’ve ever heard it.
It sits at the opposing end of the spectrum from “read widely” and “refuel your creative tank”, which are also widely accepted as good advice for authors.
I’m still deep inside the second rewrite of my dark fantasy novel, and prioritizing it against other creative pursuits. I wrote a post a few months ago about writers having other hobbies, and I still stand by my opinion that two hobbies is the “right number”.
Further prioritization of limited time has found me exploring how to balance pursuits that create versus consume. It has meant letting go of some things that I used to enjoy doing, but honestly can’t justify devoting time and resources to anymore.
Video games were the biggest sacrifice on this list. I used to be an avid gamer, and…
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