“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” – Eugene Ionesco
When I was writing professionally, I needed a periodic break from the stuff I was paid to write, but very often that break involved writing what I wanted to write as opposed to what I was paid to write. Huge difference!
Writing is not labor for me. While it has sometimes been a job that earned me a salary, writing for myself was always the kernel of who I am. Now that I no longer earn a living as a writer, I enjoy writing more than ever. No boss looking over my shoulder and no deadlines to meet. The absence of a boss and deadlines is such a relief after years of feeling as if I was constantly under the gun.
I’m pretty sure that unless you are earning your living as a working writer, writing is like breathing.
Writing is not what we do. It’s who we are.