Present word count of WIP: 47,402
While each writer is unique and works in a unique setting and situation, we all share certain responsibilities as I see it:
1. We have to do our best to show the truth through our fiction.
2. We have to work at it regularly, hopefully on a daily basis.
3. We have to support our fellow writers.
4. We have to honor our contracts with publishers and agents.
5. We have to recognize when it’s time to take off our writer’s hat and be a mom, a dad, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a teacher, or a friend.
I could have written a lot more today, but instead I spent my morning working on a Power Point Presentation on Asperger’s that I’ll be giving to a pack of about 20 Cub Scouts. Sure, I could have counted it as writing, but I didn’t. Instead, I took off my writer’s hat to prepare to teach. Why? Because I have a son who’s grown up with Asperger’s Syndrome and I know how important it is for these young 8-10-year-olds to understand better so that they might be more inclusive of those around them they might see as “different.”
Then, this afternoon, as I prepared to put my writing hat back on and make more headway on my WIP, I got a call from a friend–a fellow writer–who needed help with her new WordPress blog. The hat stayed off.
As much as I love writing–and I do–there are things that are more important.