When I hear the words, "Honey, would you mind . . ." I cringe. I know--I shouldn't--but I have my goals, my writing schedule, my plans.
I'm blessed to be one of those writers whose husband leaves the house for eight hours a day and my daughter is married and lives on the other side of the country. At 7:30 in the morning, I eat my oatmeal, check my email and chunk out my blog time of a half hour or so.
But life as a writer isn't so simple. My mother called yesterday with her update and we talked for an hour. My daughter called to tell me about my grandson's latest accomplishment. And then my husband said before he left, "Would you mind doing this . . . "
I like to take my profession as a writer seriously but I also know that I need to consider my family's needs as well. This week, my husband asked me to set up a Web site for him--something I've never done before. But as I work my way through it, I find I'm learning new skills I might someday use myself when I get the call for a book deal and need to promote it. Writing copy helps shape my words in a whole new way.
When my daughter asks me to update her resume or look over a memo, I'm sharpening my writing skills even if I'm not submitting or editing my next book. And when my best friend calls and shares with me her personal needs, I not only pray for her but I deepen my understanding of how people respond in real situations which is essential for character development.
Being a full-time writer requires balance. Some days I juggle more tasks than a clown at a circus. Some days, I just need to turn off my phone, TV and Internet to write. But always, I'll be satisfied with whatever God chooses to bring into my life.