This got me to thinking about writers and the stereotype they're supposed to fit. Not to mention illustrators, gamers, comic book readers, anime fans, etc. I fit into all of these categories.
Miss Cole recently posted about pacing herself as a writer while gaming on the side and it struck a chord with me. We all become haunted by what we're supposed to do to live up to the career we've chosen. Every life path is rocky at the start. You're not going to feel completely comfortable. The trick is to do it your way.
Unless you're a full-time writer, you don't have to write on your manuscript every day (barring deadlines). If you're an illustrator, you don't have to draw all the time. Librarians leave their job at work, so why don't writers and illustrators give themselves a break once in awhile? Arrange time for it and write during that time, jot down ideas when they come to you away from the desk, and don't feel guilty. Don't try to squeeze creativity out of a brain that's exhausted. Give it time to recharge.
This new job has me thinking "Am I turning away from my path of freelance illustration?" "Am I giving up my dreams for something I never planned to make a career in the first place?" But, the truth is, I like this job and I really need the money. Those should be good enough reasons.
There will be time for writing and illustration. And when there is time, I shouldn't feel guilty over choosing one over the other. I should never feel guilty. I am an illustrator. I am a writer. Sure, I don't do it all of the time, but it doesn't mean I don't do it.
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