I’ve recently been reading a lot of articles on how people work, and I’ve come to the general conclusion that most successful creatives have no family life (or would prefer not to). Is this really true?
From Michael Lewis, author and journalist:
Left to my own devices, with no family, I’d start writing at seven p.m. and stop at four a.m. That is the way I used to write. I liked to get ahead of everybody. I’d think to myself, “I’m starting tomorrow’s workday, tonight!” Late nights are wonderfully tranquil. No phone calls, no interruptions. I like the feeling of knowing that nobody is trying to reach me.
I can totally see where he’s coming from. My freelance days when I was single were absolutely lovely; knowing I could start and stop at anytime and knowing that I wouldn’t be bothered during work was one of the best things of freelancing.
At the end of the day though, I don’t think that creatives like Michael Lewis and I don’t like having a family. I think that we just miss the old days.