An online writer's group posted a thought-provoking question. The panelist reminded us of the Staple's ads featuring an "Easy Button." And then asked what makes writing easy. "What makes the time fly and words fly and fingers fly for you?"
It's a great question. This past month has been very busy. She Speaks always adds more to my to-do list. My children were getting ready to go back to school. And I've been playing catch-up after having those same blessings home all summer. Writing has fallen to the bottom of my priorities. It's not been easy at all.
What makes writing easy for me? Being anywhere but home. Starbucks. Borders. Barnes and Noble. The library. You name it. I could write on a bus, the park, or the curb outside of QT. Basically, anywhere my work computer isn't.
But I should be able to write at my desk! I say with a pout.
It's a beautiful desk, and all my writing resources are within arms reach. My wonderful dog Kona sits at my feet. My husband is just upstairs in his office if I need to bounce an idea off someone. The microwave is ready to reheat my coffee and I can look at my rose bushes outside when I need a refreshment break.
But there are also e-mails sitting in my inbox. And no, I can't fool myself by shutting down Outlook. I know they are there - taunting me with needs to be met. There are projects sitting in my desk-top file holder. My phone rings. The dogs need more water. Life happens all around me and I can't turn it off. I'm wired to respond.
So I've castigated myself for my lack of discipline. Other people can write at their home desks. And so should I. Right?
But I'm tired of berating myself. And I'm not even sure it's really a lack of discipline. What if it's misplaced productivity?
If I'm most creatively productive in a certain environment, then I should play to my strengths. Many artists believe environment is crucial to creativity. Think of Monet in the French countryside. Thoreau by Walden's Pond.
Perhaps for me it is identifying that two distinct personalities reside within my person: 1) The administrative leader 2) The creative writer. Those two personalities require different fuel and nurture. They also require different settings at times.
So instead of fighting myself, I'm investing in myself.
If you are my area this week, at a Border's Books, you might find me in the cafe, sipping a mocha and writing. Come join me and we'll start a group of people who love to write, like Emerson and Thoreau in Boston, or Lewis and Tolkien at Oxford. Well ... I know that's dreaming high ... but it's fun to think about.
In His Love,