Writer’s Triple Shift
October 14, 2009 § 6 Comments
Lots of us have discussed the challenges of writing and supporting ourselves, but I’ve never heard it phrased this way before – working the double shift. This essay by Emily St. John Mandel about how well known writers view the challenge is worth reading.
But here’s what I want to know: Is it a triple shift if kids, partners and/or dogs are also in the mix? My dogs are as demanding – and pleasurable – as family.
I think I work a triple shift – well, OK, a 2.5 shift – I don’t have to talk to the dogs.
How many shifts do you work? And what do you count as a shift?