Ginger here. As I thought about what I’d like to post this month, a lot of ideas popped into my head. But as I started considering what I’d like to put as an eye-catching title, Get a Real Job just seemed to work.
You see my real job is not writing. In reality, few writers write exclusively, especially if they have bills to pay. Or their name is Stephen King or John Grisham.
So what is my real job?
My job doesn’t involve getting paid, except in hugs, complaints, and an occasional thank you. I am a mom, a homeschooling one at that.
I started to say it was nothing exciting, world-changing, or special, but you know what…it is all of those. I get to watch my children grow, teach them Biblical truths, and love on them all of the time.
Sometimes it’s a challenge, but I think no matter what you do, life is a challenge. Just dealing with other people day in and day out can be a struggle. When I was dealing with seven other people who didn’t want to do school…it could be exciting. And exhausting.
Next week I will start my 19th year of homeschooling, or if I’m realistic, my 24th year (my oldest will be 24 this fall). I mean I taught him many things before he started doing “formal” school like reading, writing, and arithmetic. My youngest will be in 6th grade this year, so I have another seven to go (counting this coming year).
So what does that look like for me and my writing?
Most of my day will be filled with this:
The one column is blank because those assignments get added as we read together. :) This column will encompass writing, art, spelling, history, reading, and a variety of other activities.
Instead of this:
So while some writers with children get their time to write during the school year, I get mine during the summer. What it also means is that I have to be ultra-organized to get any time whatsoever to write during the school months. Of course, organization is not a problem for me, for the most part. I just have to make my muse come in line during the times I plan to write. HA! I’m still learning that one, but I’m getting there.
You’d think that organization would flow into my writing, but it doesn’t. I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, or as Ramona Richards, editor, would say…organic. (I don’t know if she coined that adjective to describe the way we write, but I first heard it from her in a class I took at a writers’ conference, so I give her credit. ;) )
Simply put, it means I find out what’s going to happen as I write. I don’t sit and write it out in a lovely little outline. I know the beginning…guy meets girl, the middle…something happens to put a wedge between guy and girl, and the end…guy loves girl, girl loves guy, and they live happily ever after. :)
Summer is at an end, no matter what the calendar says because school starts next week for us…depending on the area school system, public school started here this week. My full-time writing days are numbered for this year, but that’s okay. I don’t mind my real job. Well, most of the time.
Does the end of summer/beginning of the school year mean your schedule changes? How?
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