Everyone has a story to tell! In reality, few of us write, and only few of them ever become published writers. Our civilization has evolved once again from ‘living’ to ‘surviving’. To survive in this competitive world, people devote their every minute of the hour to get a pay cheque at the end of the month. But when they go to sleep at night, many think of their unfulfilled desire and unbecoming of himself/herself whose dreams have been crushed under the heels of daily jobs. To become a writer is one of those desires who haunts the person forever until they do something about.
There are people who write daily for living, but only handful of them ever writes for themselves. The world is more interested in knowing your personal experiences, not the better grammatically written paraphrasing articles of others. It’s time to gear up and write your story before the eventuality of life takes over your mortal body. There are people who became writers while working a full time job. If they could do it, you too can.
Recently, I stumbled upon the work of one of writing’s legend, Franz Kafka’s The Trial. The story revolves around Joseph K’s trial, and his struggles and encounters with the invisible law. He wrote this phenomenal work while working at the Worker’s Accidental Insurance Institute in Prague. I was intrigued by knowing the fact that he completed his work while working 09:00 AM to O3:00 PM job. I know the 6-hour work still exists only in few companies and most of us don’t have this luxury.
There are still many elements of Kafka’s daily ritual, if implemented can save us from despair. Unlike speaking, writing doesn’t come naturally for most of us. It requires effort and dedication and continuous countless hours of labour. Kafka lived in a cramped apartment with his family, where it was difficult to write in the day light. He wrote this difficulty to his fiancée, Felice Bauer in 1912:
“time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle manoeuvres.”
In the same letter, he described how he manages to write through his daily rituals:
- 08:00AM to 2:30PM: Office Work
- 3:00PM to 03:30PM: Lunch
- 03:30PM to 07:30PM: Tries to sleep
- 07:30 PM: Some exercise for 10 minutes (Air bath, naked in front of the window)
After that he usually went for a walk with any of his friend, for an hour. After returning, he had dinner with his family (he had three sisters). Usually the dinner got over before 10:30 at night – his work which made him the legend usually started at 11:30 PM at night and it went on… till 1 or 2 o’clock. Sometimes, he worked till 6 in the morning. The length of his work depended upon the motivation, luck and strength. At this odd hour, he again did some exercises before falling into bed. No doubt, it was an unhealthy ritual which ultimately affected his health. He died at the age of 41.
Sadly, everything comes at a price. Franz Kafka couldn’t change his circumstance, so he changed his daily routines to align with the circumstances. If you want to become a writer while working a full time job, probably you will also need to exchange some part of your life for writing.