Something no one tells you about when you become a writer is that guilt becomes a big presence in your life, if not your constant companion. OK, I know there are some writers out there who clock on at their desk at the same hour each day, reach their word target (and a little bit more, just for the fun of it), then close down their computer safe in the knowledge that they've done their writerly bit and can now while away the remaining hours eating peeled grapes from the navel of a member of the Chippendales (or whatever it is that floats their boat). They don't feel guilty.
I am not one of those writers.
I feel guilty almost all the time. It's awful. It's childish. If I'm not writing I feel I'm bunking off school - even if I've hit my word target earlier on in the day. Even now as I'm blogging guilt is niggling away around the edges, although blogging is part of me being a writer. (It's legit, okay? No, didn't work, still feeling guilty.)
A writing friend told me how she feels guilty if she sits down with a book during the day. Yup, me too, even though reading is part of being a writer, both to stimulate one's creativity, and to keep up with the current market. Another writer friend moans that if she were a 9-5 employee job she wouldn't feel guilty at lolling around at the weekend, yet she does - despite keeping impressive working hours during the week.
Does anyone out there not feel guilty about their writing? And if so, how the heck do you manage it?