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Balancing life and writing
by Hugo Driscoll
Like with any job or career, you need a work-life balance, and that’s certainly the case for myself. Sure, you hear freak stories of authors writing 4 novels a year, but is that healthy? Probably not. It’s admirable- yes. But I think writers can sometimes forget the importance of living. After all, living is also writing because you are forging experiences. So fall in love and get your heartbroken. Get lost in a foreign city and wake up on a park bench!
What I’m trying to say is that life and writing can make or break a writer. On the one hand, you can have a great writing routine and write 3,000 words a day but never have fun.
Conversely, you can be having the time of your life but never find the time or energy to get any of your experiences down on paper. Sticking to a weekend routine has worked for me. As I have a full-time writing job, I’m often too drained to write after work. Instead, I’ll go to the the gym and see friends. But on Saturday, come rain or shine, I’m in my local café writing. I spend upwards of 5 hours there, and I won’t leave until a 2,000-word target has been met. But it’s a great feeling because after that I know I have the rest of the weekend to have fun and most importantly live… Even if that does mean waking up with a throbbing head the following morning!
In the words of Ernest Hemmingway, “You talk like a timetable. Do you have any beautiful adventures?”
by Hugo Driscoll
GENRE: YA Romance
Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.
Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.
But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.
I hadn’t been anywhere, but my mind had been everywhere. That’s how I felt that summer. Or more precisely, that’s how Sophia had made me feel by the time summer neared its conclusion. The months of July and August had followed identical patterns to June in that we rarely spent a day apart. We rode with Violet across the Suffolk countryside, sometimes for miles on end, often stopping by at local pubs. Then it would be Saturday. That was the best day of all for there was no work on Sunday, which meant dancing with Tom and Jessica until our bodies could no longer stand. We drank, we laughed, and most nights after, we made love as we tip-toed up the stairs of my father’s house. I was obsessed with everything about her. Yes, Sophia Hillingdon, the girl I’d known for barely a few months was the girl I now wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And though we often drove each other crazy, we soon laughed and made up as if nothing happened. It often puzzled me as to why Sophia found our fights so amusing seconds after we were hot from the exertion of spouting obscenities at each other. Red-faced, she’d often say, “You drive me mad Sean. But, you know something? That’s just how I like it.”
“Why?” I’d ask.
“Us,” she would say. “I love how angry you make me because…. Well, I’m obsessed with you… even our arguments sound oddly beautiful.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year- old British journalist and content writer for an online publication in London.
When he's not working, you can usually find him writing in the basements of cafes or lamenting the unfair treatment of millennials in overcrowded London bars.
You can also find Hugo on Twitter, Facebook, and his personal blog, which he updates regularly.
Seven Days with You is his first novel.
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