I can’t stop thinking about writing. I write in my head all the time. In fact, I write my best blog posts while I’m driving my car or waiting in carpool line at the twins’ elementary school.
And that’s too bad because nothing gets copied to paper.
There was a time when I woke up at 5 a.m. every day and devoted myself to the daily practice of morning pages, as Anne Lamott recommends in Bird By Bird.
Eerily, that time was three years ago. Before I got pregnant unexpectedly with our third child, before I knew I was pregnant…and then became too tired to maintain that rigorous schedule.
I want to get back to an early morning writing practice. But since I started kicking some of my meds to the curb, sleep doesn’t come easily, which translates to being very tired in the mornings and having a tough time dragging myself out of bed.
Perhaps if I began rousing myself earlier, I’d solve my insomnia problems? Then I’d get some real writing done AND I’d sleep better. It’ll be a win-win!
My mind keeps wandering to Virginia Woolf’s essay A Room of One’s Own. I wish I had a little nook to write in, a space that was just mine. There wouldn’t be any stray Cheerios or Fisher-Price toys underfoot, no Dora the Explorer in the background; it would be sparsely decorated so as not to distract me. I envision a big, cozy chair and a fun little stool for my feet. A coaster with a cup of hot tea perched on it.
Sometimes I look around our house and I feel selfish for wanting my own space. Of course I love my husband and our three children, but I just want a little nook.
I wonder how it would change my productivity and my writing?
For now, I think I’ll start setting my alarm clock for 5 a.m., at least a few mornings a week.
What about you? Where do you write? What is your fool-proof writing recipe? How do you keep yourself focused? What helps you draw out your muse? Any tips?