“Acknowledge that writing is hard. How am I going to make writing happen?”
Writing is hard. That is an understatement. And from what I have read writing is hard for the experienced writer as well as the novice. I am actually pleased to see that it is common among all writers to need a sacred place to write. A place that is both quiet and beautiful, filled with objects of love and inspiration. I find that I generate ideas best when I am both alone and away from home. The best of my ideas usually happen when I drive. This is almost meditative for me, the energy is all mine and there are very little distractions beyond the autonomic traffic. The hard part is I am in a car. I can’t write anything down and have to rely on my perpetually distracted memory to remember those ideas and write them down when I can.
So writing is hard, I acknowledge that, now how can I make writing happen? Well I think I have taken the first step, after all I am here, writing. I have set aside three hours three days a week to write. To leave my home, go to a coffee shop and write. I need to leave the house to write well. My home is filled with the beautiful but chaotic energy of my family. While I love that energy in a way, it is also very draining on me. At home I don’t actually want to do anything, I feel less creative for the most part. It is not a place conducive to a good creative environment. So Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I go to Caribou Coffee and I write. This is only my second day and so far so good. Even though this will work for now I know I will eventually need something more private and personal. I also would like to be able to do this at least five days a week, but I will be content with three days for now.