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Real Life vs. Writing Life

26 Jan
Abigail Cash

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The title of this blog post makes me smile for a couple reasons. First, it makes it sound like my Writing Life is something entirely separate from my Real Life, almost like the worlds I used to create as a child to play in with my imaginary friends. But also, it makes them sound combative, like there is a cage match going on inside my head. Only the strongest will survive!

In a way, both those things are true. When I am immersed in my Writing Life, the concerns of the real world seem to fall away one by one in favor of late night scribble fests and frantic interactions with half-formed characters. I get emotionally invested in my characters to the point that I start neglecting my flesh-and-blood friends. It’s a delightful fever, but its unmaintainable.

On the other hand, when Real Life rears its ugly (or at least uglier) head, I find myself drifting farther and farther afield from the creative outlets in my life. The last couple of weeks have been chock full of Real Life Endeavors, and as a result I’ve left my Writing Life sitting out in the cold Minnesota winter. (Okay, for any of you experiencing the reality of this Minnesota winter, it isn’t nearly as cold as it could be. There hasn’t even been a cold enough night to say, develop frostbite. But I digress…)

I’m starting a new job next week. This is great news…I’ve been on the job hunt since before graduation last spring, and I am really excited about the opportunities that this position offers. But between all the hubbub around interviewing and preparing for interviews and then worrying about interviews…there hasn’t been time for the kind of Writing Life frolics I enjoy. Twitter and blogging are part of that, of course, but so are editing and (gasp!) writing new things.

The truth is, I’m almost as new to my Real Life as I am to my Writing Life. More than likely, I’ll find a way to balance the two. For now, they remain rivals for my attention.