Time To Introduce Myself
I am an invisible man. I am a sick man…I am a spiteful man. Call me Ishmael. In a sense, I am Jacob Horner. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. *
Those are some great opening lines aren’t they? It’s hard to come up with a good opening line when you are trying to introduce yourself. Usually when I introduce myself I feel like I’m part of a 12-step program.
“My name is Christopher Chartrand and I’m a writer.”
See what I mean? Not my best opening line. It flies in the face of all writing advice. There’s no hook, no pizazz. Nothing to draw you in and make you want to know more. That’s too bad because I’m going to tell you anyway.
I’m not a full-time writer even though my day job requires lots of writing. I work for a non-profit agency that assists adults and children with various handicaps. My job is to write personalized plans for each of our clients. Each plan has to include the exact same information but no two plans can be exactly the same. It’s certainly a challenge. I’m good at my job; I even like doing it and if I had a choice I’d quit tomorrow. Why? Because that isn’t the kind of writing I want to do. Working all day takes creative energy away from the kind of writing I want to be doing. In other words, if all my client’s personal plans were required to have horses, vampires, magic and guns, then I’d be pretty happy with my job. But since the world isn’t perfect and my kids have to eat, I’m forced to write my fiction whenever I can make the time.
Finding time and energy to write after work isn’t easy. I have a wife, three daughters, and we are in the process of buying an old house. Needless to say I don’t have an abundance of time to spare. Where in a day of work, after-school activities, dinner, homework, and bedtime stories does one find the time to sit alone in front of a computer and draft the next great novel or even the next great short story?
I’d have given up by now if I didn’t really want to become a successful writer. I know I started this journey a little late and I’m willing to pay my dues but gee-whiz, I can’t pay them if I don’t have time to write.
I know I’m not the only one out there with this conundrum. What’s needed is a good dose of motivation and creative ways to whittle out some time for writing. That’s what I hope to accomplish here.
I look forward to beginning this process of manufacturing time with you. Leave a comment below and let me know what sort of things get in the way of your writing. Let’s see if together we can shift our time in ways that allow us all to write what we want. The time to write a great western, horror, comedy or drama. The time to craft the perfect opening line. The time to just write anything.