Monday, May 30, 2011

Avoiding the Writing

I am constantly trying to create the perfect environment to write in. I think it is a way to avoid the actual writing.

Life just ain’t ever going to be perfect.

Instead of perfection, I should be seeking discipline. A phone call, the dogs barking, a sudden headache are all excuses for me to abandon my work.

Why do I continue to do this? It’s as if I’m in a holding pattern right now. I’m wondering what is going to happen next in my writing career and I’m twiddling my thumbs instead of getting on with the next book.

I think part of the problem for me is that I’m my mother’s primary caretaker. I’m just not sure if I get a book published that I’ll be able to do the promotional aspect expected from me. I can’t leave her alone for extended periods of time. At least, I don’t think I can.

While I’m avoiding writing, I have rearranged the study and loaded up a box of books to give away.035

I like the study rearranged this way. It’s much more open and I have a comfortable, albeit worn, chair in the corner. Really, I have created a perfect spot for me to write. 036

Besides rearranging the furniture, to get back into a proper frame of mind, I’ve begun rereading Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Last week I started writing my “morning pages.” They do seem to help clear my mind.

I’ve also started keeping a journal that chronicles my writing journey. I’ve kept a prayer journal for many years, although I don’t write a prayer in it every single day, but now I intend to do so.

I’m trying to establish a routine. With a routine in place, I’m hoping the writing will flow more easily. (You know—If I build it, the muse will come.)

My new routine will consist of this. I will write my morning pages, my writing prayer for the day, and jot down some ideas in my writing journal.

(By that time the day will be over! At the rate I write, probably so.)

Seriously, I hope this will help with my frame of mind and will allow me to get some things accomplished.

In the meantime, at least my closets are getting cleaned out!

Do you have any routines for your writing?


  1. Doesn't procrastination stink? I know, I do it all the time. I write in fits and spurts. I'm constantly trying to re-train myself. I have learned that if I will sit down for even just 1 hour a day, 4-5 days a week, to actually write, I do get a fair amount done. I try not to berate myself if that's all I do. It's better than nothing.

  2. Routine really does help, I find. I also find that if my work space is cluttered, my mind is too. Sounds like you're on the right track

  3. Thanks, Naomi. The problem I have is sitting still for an hour or two. I allow things to interrupt me. I *am* going to do better!

    Tracy--me, too. I don't like clutter. I like my workspace cleared off.

    Thanks for dropping by!


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