Friday, June 1, 2012

Writing Through the Chaos

post by Maggie
In an ideal world, peace, quiet, and creative thought would drop down on command and cover the writer like a soft veil of protection against the chaos of real life. Most often, however, it's: chaos 1, veil 0. What's a writer to do?

Finding the inspired-quiet-enough-time continuum can be a constant challenge. Many get up before the birds or stay awake in the dead of night to get their words down. Some write on computers with babies on their laps, toddlers clinging to their legs, typing with one hand and making a doctor appointment on their cell phone with the other. And dogs bark, trash trucks bang, road construction jackhammers on, as endless train whistles loudly and endlessly announce their presence. And the muse won't wait any better than the toilet over-flowing in the upstairs bathroom will.

An arranged time away from daily life can be the answer: to the library, to a coffee shop, to a quiet corner of the park. Northern Colorado Writers in Fort Collins has a wonderful studio open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a great place for members to mind the muse, not to mention a writer retreat weekend at Sylvandale Ranch every fall. For more information, go to

However you can manage it, as a writer, you must write. Must. Be it through chaos, crisis, or certain block, you must deliver your words. The world awaits.


Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, yes. It's hard to find that peace and quiet. And sometimes, when you do manage to locate that time and space (like when my family let me escape to the mountains for a weekend), the muse doesn't show up!

Writers write when the words come, even if the TV is on, the crazy neighbor is mowing his lawn for the third time that day, the phone is ringing, and the dog is slobbering on your feet.

Kay Theodoratus said...

Yeah ... It can be hard to find time to concentrate on your writing. Guess you have to do the best you can. Even 100 words a day can move your story.

Dean K Miller said...

Working at becoming unstuck and definitely going to the retreat at SDR.

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