It's March and time for the Slice of Life Challenge! Thanks so much to the entire crew at Two Writing Teachers for organizing and hosting this massive event! You are all rock stars!
I'm excited to be part of the Challenge again this year. As I continue to tap into "joy" as the motivation for my writing, I am also tracking the territories about which I tend to write (and sometimes intertwine). Current writing territories are teaching, family, friends, travel, working with a personal trainer. Today my territory is about the quirks of being me. ;)
So many friends have posted during this Challenge how they get up early in the morning to do their writing while no one else is around. By getting up early, it appeared that their houses were quiet, and they had their words and thoughts all to themselves as they composed for the day.
The descriptions of peaceful writing (some even had posted pictures) - this was too good to pass up. I wanted to try to create the same writing atmosphere for myself that existed for others. Something I already knew about myself as a writer is that I need a quiet space for thinking, writing, and contemplation. I can't write with lots of other activity or noise in the house. Early mornings might just be the answer.
With that in mind, this past Wednesday, I set my alarm an hour earlier than usual:
Alarm blares; my hand tries to smack it into submission
Roll out of bed
Stumble to the bathroom to find my robe
Eyes are only opened to slits
Hair sticks up every which way
Decide it's not worth trying to tame
Drool marks on both sides of my chin
Open my laptop
Settle into my comfy writing corner
Begin to type
Startled awake when I hear a toilet flush upstairs
Realize there is fresh drool on my keyboard
and 15 minutes have passed since I came downstairs
Only a title for my #SOL and 1 word in the body
(did I mention some drool on the keyboard, too?)
Groggily shake my head
and begin to type again
A few paragraphs and ideas emerge
but at a start and stop, start and stop rate
And the clock tells me it's time to get ready for school
Reread my draft during my lunch break
and begin to laugh
Have to revise - basically rewrite the entire thing
Boy, am I glad I got up so early!
Moral of story: Embrace who you are as a writer. Also, try not to drool on your keyboard when typing.