The development of art was a fundamental milestone in human development. Pre-historic cave paintings provide evidence that humans had moved beyond survival, that they could pool their resources, and organize. It showed that some people no longer had to hunt and gather full time. It was the beginning of something important, the first step to civilization.*
But art could only be created when basic human needs were satisfied first.
I don’t believe that writing should be the highest priority in my life. I’ve got to put food on the table, pay the rent, take care of the electrical bills, the phone, fix that car when it breaks down. I have a family to take care of. These things come first.
Every time I sit down at the keyboard I’m thankful for the spare moment, even if it only a moment, five minutes in a day, a few words scribbled over lunch. Even these are a luxury. Writing is a joy. I remember the days when I dreamed I had this kind of time to dedicate to writing. It’s not full time, but it’s some time. I’m thankful for every minute of it.
Not all of us have the time to write, and not everyone can afford to. Just remember that, writers. You’re the lucky ones.
Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life. ~ Stephen King
I love this pearl of wisdom from King. What do you think?
*Here I badly misquote anthropology 101. Maslow’s hierarchy can substitute.