Time to Call it Quits?

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Our resident hound asked, “Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.”?

As I mulled over this question, several different responses came to mind. I suppose that’s because I’ve been at this writing-for-publication thing for a few decades, and my daily life looks a lot different from the way it did at the end of the 20th century. I no longer work full time, and I no longer have children at home, but now there are other challenges, which I’ve mentioned before. I’ll share with you the various responses that came to mind.

First thought: No way I’d ever stop writing! It’s like breathing. This was obviously my mindset a few years ago, when I was churning out two or three books a year. I was retired from full-time teaching, my kids were grown, and I was thrilled to find something I enjoyed enough to spend hours at a time doing. I still enjoy the creative process, but get irritated when I’m not able to devote the time I need to concentrate long enough to finish it.

Second thought: I’m always multi-tasking anyway. So what if I have a million other things to do? I can brainstorm while doing housework, work on marketing while taking a break from other things, and write after hubby goes to bed. The problem now is that hubby doesn’t stay asleep. And when he’s awake, he needs help, so I need to stop whatever I’m doing. And most times, I forget whatever it was I was doing before the interruption.

Third thought: Maybe I’ll have to back off on writing, but not permanently. I have too much on my plate right now, but as soon as this crisis is over, I’ll get back to it. This has been my outlook for most of the past six months. Seems like whenever I sit down to do something, it doesn’t get finished until the third or fourth (or hundredth) time I sit down to work on it. I’ve had to hand over several volunteer duties over to other people lately because I simply can’t plan on having the time or energy to devote to them. I started writing this blog post on Wednesday, and now I’m scrambling to finish it on Sunday.

Fourth thought: I’m a big girl. I can handle this. The setbacks I’ve experienced lately are long-term. I need to learn how to set aside time for things that are important to me. If writing is important enough to me, I’ll make it happen somehow. I’ve had to cut back on some of my hobbies, and I might have to cut back even more. But if I have a story to tell, I will make it happen. Somehow. Because like any other author you may talk to, that’s how I roll.

I’ve been swinging back and forth between the third and fourth thoughts for the past few weeks. I get discouraged, and have to step away for weeks at a time in order to take care of things. But when they’re done, even temporarily, I’m always eager to return to the keyboard. So to answer the hound’s question: no, I’ve never been “tired of writing” or felt I’ve had enough of it. I have several partial stories on my hard drive that need to be finished — and I HATE leaving things unfinished!

Have you ever considered calling it quits on something that you love to do?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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12 Responses to Time to Call it Quits?

  1. I may just cut and paste this for my Friday post,Patty I really can’t see how I can improve on the very points you make, and how I feel myself.
    You really set the bar high here.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Ha! You’re more than welcome to copy and paste, Tonette. I’m sure these are thoughts of a lot of people right now, not just writers!

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      same for me!
      We might have three Patricia posts this week, with only the names changed.
      But seriously, this is an excellent coverage of the various aspects at play in a mature writer’s life.
      That said, Patty, your family & medical related circumstances could/would certainly drain the creative enthusiasm out of most individuals. I continue to be amazed at how well you manage all those spinning plates.

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  2. Diane Burton says:

    Yep, I’ve thought about quitting for many of the reasons you mention. But, like you, I have so many unfinished stories on my computer that need finishing. Backing off on other activities is the right thing to do. You can only do so much in a day. Your husband takes priority. You’re the only one who knows what the next priority is. Where does writing come in? Does trying to make time for writing stress you? You may have to put it on hold for that day. What about journaling what you’re going through? Snippets of your husband’s condition or activities; your feelings as you deal with this new “routine.” It’s still writing.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Journaling is an AWESOME idea! Thanks so much! I have lots of opportunities (via the Zoom write-ins) to write, but it seems every time I plan to join in, something happens – and THAT frustrates me. I guess I have to learn to “roll with the punches.”

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  3. You’ve made excellent points on your post. I do hope things improve for you all soon and that you are able to get some writing time in even if it is just a few minutes here and there.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Angie. I actually do get a few minutes here and there, but it’s so hard for me to “get back into the story” that the few minutes are gone before I can get anything done.

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  4. trishafaye says:

    I’m glad you’re not stopping any time soon! I’m sorry that life is so challenging right now.
    I’m going through a bit of that right now and understand. I just published a Christmas book – The POW’s Legacy – and in the acknowledgments had to give a shout out to the medical staff at the cancer center. They were so excited when I took them a copy of the book, and I had to tell them “After all, half the book was written while we were camped here on the second floor while my better half was getting chemo!”
    We do what we have to do. Stop when we need to (and far too often when other things demand we stop) and adjust the sails and keep moving.
    Thinking of you as you muddle through all you’re going through now!

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You put that very well. I hope you can get more time to write soon.

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