November 9 = Day 1 post-U.S. elections
After months and months of negative vibes zinging through the air, it feels like I can finally breathe again. Negativity slams me down. Hard.
I read somewhere (too long ago to remember the source) that interrupting a writer at work is like knocking a painter off a ladder. Oh, the mess! Imagine how hard it is to pick yourself up, clean up the spilled paint, refill the bucket, gather up your paintbrushes, and then climb back up the ladder to pick up where you left off.
Negativity works like that, slamming a writer off the ladder. But it’s not only negativity. It’s whatever worries your mind.
Did I send the kids off to school without a jacket? Why did the cat wake me up last night? Is my CO monitor really working? Why hasn’t my BFF returned my call yet? What would I do if my spouse wanted to run for public office?
It’s hard for a writer to write until her personally troubled air is cleared. There is always going to be something out there to fling us off our ladders or fill our minds with nagging worries. We have to take control of our own air spaces. Now that it’s FINALLY post-election, it’s time to clear our writers air. Here are a few ideas about making that work:
Dedicated writing space. It doesn’t have to be your own office. It’s your own special place with a laptop or a pad of paper. Writing in that same place trains the writer brain and tells the subconscious: “now it is time to write.” Best to keep it separate from distractions like the internet!
Ritual. Performing some sort of ritual fools the writer brain, informing those gray cells that it’s the beginning of writing time. Some writers light a candle. I like to jot down in my productivity notebook how many words I wrote the day before.
Signal. This is some way to inform the rest of the family that now is the time not to bother you. Kids are quite trainable (spouses, another matter). My signal is a sign that hangs on the doorknob and reads “Quiet please! Murder in progress!”
And as always, it’s a work in progress.
How do you clear your personal air space?