This week over break I was able to go to a coffee shop and write for three hours straight. It was my FIRST. TIME. EVER. doing such a writing-esque thing.
Writing. In a coffee shop. WITH. COFFEE.
It was honestly a proud moment 🙂
The truth is, we all need those moments where we can just sit down and do what we love best. Sometimes, this involves being surrounded by people we love; sometimes this means being alone. We bunker down in our favorite spot, pop in our ear-buds, and let what feels like our very nature do its thing.
For me, that’s writing. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re not too different.
But if we are all being completely honest (uh-oh), we can’t fall in love TOO much with these moments of extended activity. We have to be accepting that we won’t always have as much free time as we want; the atmosphere won’t always be perfect; maybe we can’t even be alone. Or maybe we won’t even be able to get away at all.
The goal then becomes making the most of every moment.
Every day is unique. Despite whatever routines or schedules set before us, nothing is ever set in stone, and “nothing happens the same way twice” (thanks, Aslan). Thus, it’s pointless to try and recreate moments or atmospheres. We have to go with the flow.
As writers, time is equivalent to words. Or pages. Or maybe even words, pages, and money. So we have to use our time wisely. Don’t be upset if you don’t have as much time as you want; look for ways to make time and be more proactive. Believe me, it works.
Got some free time between classes? Write.
Instead of chilling on your phone during your lunch break? Write.
Is the baby napping? Write.
Is everyone in your house sleeping? Write.
We oftentimes say that we don’t have the time, but this is rarely actually the case. Take advantage of the time you have, and make sure you have what you need to make the most of that time. Keep a journal with you. Download Word to your phone. Carry a tablet with you.
This is possible.
The writer’s life is where it’s at. As always, keep up the struggle!
What do you think?