Okay. So, a dream of mine is owning a “writing” cabin. A place where I can go to be alone, without distractions, and just write.
A fellow writer recently announced that she and her husband just purchased, and have already moved to, just such a place. I am so excited for her!
But, for myself, I am not quite able to do that just yet.
So what is a writer to do?
Well, my husband rented us a home for two weeks on the Washington coast—high on a bluff, overlooking the ocean—a dream of mine come true.
I will write. He will fish with his buddies. Life doesn’t get much better than that!
But, let’s bring this discussion back into perspective. Crank it down a notch or two.
The point is this: writers need a place to write, set apart from the noise and activity that abounds at home. If you can afford to buy a cabin—wonderful! If you can rent one for a short period and immerse yourself in writing—fantastic.
If neither of these is plausible, at this point, just opt for a bedroom you can convert into an office, or a separate bedroom with a desk—and a lock on the door…someplace with relative peace and quiet that you can utilize to separate yourself from daily life…a place where you can immerse yourself into the “world” you are creating in your book…a place where your characters come alive and speak to you…a place where you can thrive as an author.
If these aren’t options for you, then consider blocks of time when your family is not at home and you can write without annoying distractions…a time when the house is quiet and you can write—type—pace—talk out loud—whatever you need to do to move forward with your writing.
You may have to schedule available time by enrolling your children in sports or a Parks and Recreation class, etc. It may require a monetary, as well as a time, commitment.
I have a friend who finds Starbucks a great place to write…
But, listen, in all seriousness, doesn’t everything that is important, require a sacrifice of some sort?
So, no more excuses not to write.
Be creative. Find what works best for you. Take a trip to your favorite office supply store and buy what you need and then get back home and get to it.
No more saying, “I don’t have time to write.”
No more saying, “I don’t have a place to write.”
No more excuses.