Writing Time: Selfish, Selfless, or Saving Others?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have a hard time with writing time = being selfish even though intellectually I keep telling myself that writing time = self-care time. Writing makes me happy!

A Writer's Path


by Christopher Slater

I will start out by saying that this is a perfect example of what is meant by the phrase, “Doctor, heal thyself!” I am the absolute worst at not following this advice. Of course, that is probably why I have joked with my students that my name should be a verb meaning “to screw up badly.” So if you ever heard me say “I Slatered myself by not listening to my own advice,” then you can understand what I mean.

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5 thoughts on “Writing Time: Selfish, Selfless, or Saving Others?

  1. Renee January 8, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I used to feel guilty when I’d spend a lot of time writing, but I got over it. I put aside time for my daughter every day, so she’s hardly being neglected and writing is my career. If I wasn’t writing here, I’d be out of the house working. At least she still has me here. 🙂

    • Stephannie January 13, 2017 / 8:21 am

      I believe it’s easier to feel guilty about taking time to write when there are little ones around. It was easier for me once my girls were in school because then I had the time to devote to writing while they were gone and I could spend time with them when they got back from school.

      • Renee January 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

        It was actually easier for me when she was littler. She has ASD and she was happier just playing on her own. Now that she’s older she wants more attention. Guess it worked backward for me. LOL

  2. dm yates January 10, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I often feel guilty about my writing time, yet it is ‘my’ time, and we all need that.

    • Stephannie January 13, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Yes, we do, DM!

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