In 2012, AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS of writing,
the words stopped,
so I went and got a regular job
and, sure enough,
I no sooner started working
than the writing came back.
It seems to happen to a lot of writers.
“If only I didn’t have anything else to do but write”
is a false god.
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AUTHOR STEPHEN KING tells in his memoir
how, early on, he set up his home office
with an enormous desk
replaced that set-up
with a simple arrangement
tucked into a corner.
“Put your desk in the corner,”
“and every time you sit down there to write,
remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room.”
I read his words
and went right into my office
and pushed the desk back even further. I did!
* * *
If you are walking around saying,
as so many of us have,
“IF ONLY I didn’t have to do this and that.
and could focus just on my writing…,”
you are going down the wrong path.
I sympathize. I do.
I hope you are able
to carve out a pocket of time
to write -
or every other day
or a couple of times a week,
whatever works for you.
But don’t forget to live a life.