When she is not writing or tutoring, she spends her time devising new home projects for Allen, her husband of 45 years. She also enjoys communicating with her two wonderful grown children and buying (and making) trinkets for her four lively grandchildren. She is passionate about sharing Christ, missional activities, and her local church. She also loves gardening, sewing, piano playing, and Star Trek as time permits.
By Elizabeth G. Honaker, Sometime Author
Wait…aren’t I supposed to write about keeping sane? Yeah… well…let’s put that aside for the moment.
Instead, I want you to ask yourself a question: Why do you write? If you’re writing for any of the following reasons, I can’t help you:
- The love of communicating
- The love of words
- The love of writing
Now bear with me. I’m not going to into great detail about techniques or anything like that. I will simply ask you this: If you love some-one, what do you do? [Allow a pause for reflection.] If you love some-thing, what do you do? [Allow another pause for reflection.] Do you get the connection?
In short, I love to write. Whether it’s a play, or a short story, or an explanation for my writing students, I attack it with gusto. I do it because I love to do it. I stay up late (I have stayed up until 3 a.m.), or I get up early (like 6 a.m.), or I find time in five-minute snatches to complete my compositions by the time they are needed. I get good feedback from friends and acquaintances, but very little of the green stuff. (I won’t say I would turn it down…but I do other things to help pay the bills.)
And remaining sane? Well, I have another confession: It has been a long time since anyone has called me “sane.” Love is like that – it drives you utterly, decisively, irreparably in-sane. (Ask my husband of 46 years!)
Seriously. You make time for what you love to do. And, in all my years of writing, I have yet to find a way to keep sane while doing it. In fact, I am quite insane over the deadline for this blog!