Clouds In The Head


Finding time to write
28 February, 2012, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Daily maily

The problem with not getting much work as a writer – of falling in a pit for a while – is that when you do get work you’re not ready. You haven’t been writing. You’ve forgotten. Maybe this isn’t every writer, but it happened to me a couple of years ago. So what am I doing about it?

So far, making resolutions. Must do better. And tweeting replies to people’s tweets, but it’s hardly writing, and verges on the triting. Oh, and churning out Dungog Community College material, but that’s mostly straightforward.

To write you must write and write and write. Voices, dreams, headaches, options. anything that works. Stuff that doesn’t. Attempt to make sense of the world. File your thoughts. Live and – well, record the living. Above all make time for it. Start obsessing. Process and churn and then type/scrawl/draw/etch.

Hopefully that’s what I’m going to be doing. To write. To make myself. Until it becomes easy again. Well, if not easy, then not such a struggle.

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That’s the ‘lonely garret’ syndrome which can be described as locking yourself away to write the definitive Something about Anything and being able to produce Nothing. Still, if your ‘garret’ is out in the country and the garden is looking good and your family is happy – why worry?

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