I don’t think there’s a cookie cutter lifestyle to apply to all writers. It would be like saying all stay-at-home moms are great cooks or fantastic at keeping their homes spotlessly clean. With that said, I do think when we’re wrapped up in a story we’re writing we could allow it to take over our life if we were to let it.
Writing seems to come to me in waves. When I’m hot and in the zone, so to speak, all I want to do is write. I don’t want to watch TV or movies. I don’t want to do any of my crafty things. I really don’t even want to leave the house to go shopping. I’m happy in that moment with my writing.
But then I start to cool down. At first it seems slow but it’s more like someone has taken cold water and doused the fire within me. I have a hard time getting motivated again. It will stay like this until the bug strikes again and I’m back in the hot zone.
So my writing lifestyle comes in phases. It would be nice if I could be more consistent, but then that wouldn’t be me.