What you do away from your desk…

I slice-of-life2am participating in #sol18. Thanks to the twowritingteachers blog team for creating this space to write, read, and respond to others.

A writer spends a lot of time at her desk, or in my case, her kitchen table. Staring at the screen or at a page of notes, drumming the keys of a laptop or i-pad. There are deadlines to meet. All writers have deadlines. Some of these are personal goals, and others are set by editors. Either way, writers write with a deadline in mind.

DSC_9648Equally important is the time that writers spend away from their desks. Writers need to spend time with their loved ones – children, grandchildren, spouses, and pets, visit friends and new places, eat out at a new restaurant, drive two hours to take a long walk on the beach and hear the ocean’s song, listen to music, plan parties, walk through their neighborhood to notice the signs of spring. The list is endless.  DSC_4239DSC_4714

The point is, do stuff.  The twenty hours you spend away from your computer are important.  Rebacca Kai Dotlich wrote a delightful story, Bella and Bean, about two friends who approach life differently (they are mice). Bella wants to write poems and Bean wants to go for a walk. Bella wants to write poems and Bean wants Bella to look at her cute toes. Bean tries to coax Bella away from her notepad, and when Bean succeeds, Bella’s poetry begins to take unexpected twists. Bella learns that to write wonderful poems, she needs to experience the world in new and different ways. Bella needs to do stuff!Bella and Bean

Get up. Make a plan. Take charge. Do stuff. The time you spend writing at your desk will be more productive because of all the inspiration you’ve gathered when you are not at your desk, experiencing life firsthand.

16 thoughts on “What you do away from your desk…

  1. So important to not get “stuck” behind a screen or screens. This . . . “The time you spend writing at your desk will be more productive because of all the inspiration you’ve gathered when you are not at your desk, experiencing life firsthand.” Nothing like your experiences for any age or stage of life!

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  2. That balance in our lives is so important. I think that if we spend all of our time working at one thing and forsaking other we come to resent the thing that we have always enjoyed doing.

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  3. I always marvel at how you manage to find “fun” time with as busy a professional life as you lead. Great post and a great reminder to writers. As Mary Oliver wrote: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

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    • Love the Mary Oliver quote, Rosie. So true! Yesterday was a busy one! Last night after a full day that began at 5:00 a.m. to post and respond on Slice and place a guest post on pawlp’s blog (Liz Hale, Stenhouse author) and a full day (two different two-hour presentations) at Boyertown, I wrote the manuscript comment to send to you and headed off to dinner and the movies – The Leisure Seeker with Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren. IGot home at 10:30 p.m. and fell into bed!

      And you, Rosie, are as busy as I am! You are just much more organized!

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  4. Such great advice! I don’t think we can every write well unless we walk away from the screen and gather the pieces of our lives, connect with people we know and love, watch and listen to what happens around us. Writing is a reflection of the walk we take in life.

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