On Friday I stole the day. Life is very busy. It’s less than three weeks to my daughter’s wedding and there’s lots to do and lots happening and it’s all lovely but towards the end of the week I just didn’t feel right. I was in a restless, grumpy mood, the kind of mood that comes on me when I don’t find the time to write, especially when there’s an unfinished story that’s not quite working nagging away in my head.
I told myself relax, I’d given myself a holiday from writing and anyway how could I write with a room like a tip and other things to do? It didn’t work. The only answer was to somehow find the time to write. This is how I did it.
1. Got up early
2. Took out my diary, made a schedule for everything that needed doing – leaving the whole of the day blank – apart from two phone calls which had to be made.
3. Made the phone calls.
4. Took the polish and duster to my desk and tidied up ( NOT major cleaning just 5-10 mins)
5. Picked some sweet peas from the garden and put them in my room, made myself a cup of tea and toast, sat for 5 mins enjoying the flowers and my breakfast.
6. Opened my notebook and the machine avoiding e mail and Twitter
7. Told myself to let the story write itself and BEGAN – by 4 pm I felt much better and my story was finished.
It worked, I found the time to write. I stole the day.Sometimes we can’t come to writing cold. We need to give ourselves permission and we need a ritual or two to start preparing ourselves. I know what rituals work for me. How about you?