Friday, March 23, 2007

Everything Has Its Time

I must go through a new "season" every week.

Monday, I smiled because Lindi's post title was "Blank".

Well, doggone it! It's Friday and I'm still drawing a blank!

I went to the library Wednesday. I thought that would be a good place to take my laptop and the first draft of my manuscript to melt the first version with my current WIP in privacy. (I'm having to do data entry of any scenes I want to add to this WIP because of a computer glitch that erased all my notes from my first draft. Thankfully, I had the full ms. printed out! Talk about learning to back up your work!)

Anyway, what I'm getting at is I found out I don't write well away from my nice little desk at home. I was aware of everyone around me, even though I was in a corner by the window. When I heard a young child crying, I had to keep myself in my chair because the child's voice sounded just like my daughter. I decided then it was time to leave. After staying for only an hour and just 5 double-spaced pages entered, I headed home, after making a stop at Quik Trip for a half coffee/half cappucino concoction I discovered during my working days. (I was sleepy, friends. I needed a boost.)

This post has a point. If I'm not in the mood to write, or there is a lot on my mind be it personally or financially, it affects my writing. Going outside, going to the library, moving to the kitchen table, will probably not help me write any better if it's not in me to begin with.

This post opened with "Seasons" and it was to direct you to Ecclesiastes:

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;

A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;

A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV)


  1. Praise God, it said nothing about a time to clean! Whoo-hoo! Ahem. Sorry. It's the little things that make me happy :-)

    Christy, I know what you mean. I do my best work at my desk. Probably because I don't have a laptop, and I'd rather type things out. However, there are times when the words just won't come. Those are the tims I have to take my trusty pad and pen and go sit someplace else--the kitchen table, the back yard, the new mom & pop coffee shop down the street (I don't drink coffee, never even been into a Starbucks, but they have the most awesome tea and even serve it in a little pot. Ah. . .it makes me feel so special).

    Other times, you just can't write. I get very frustrated at those times. I want to. I need to (or at least think I do) but I just can't. It's hard to accept that and go on to something else. Especially if that something else involves cleaning :-)

  2. This is exactly why we need hobbies:-) They spur us into more creative thinking and give us the space we need to come back to our writing fresh. We'll see how I do away from my desk. I'll be in Idaho Falls this weekend for business. I'm taking my laptop...

  3. Mindy~LOL about a "Time to Clean"
    I'm grateful that one's not on there either!

    Angie~ You are right about hobbies and I really don't have enough of them, or, the one's I have, I've abandoned. Hmm, wonder if this is a pattern here?

    My daughter and I just returned from a visit to Blairsville at my parent's house. It's in the mountains. It was a wonderful trip ~ So quiet and peaceful. I got a full nights sleep! On the way back, I played some scenes in my mind about my WIP. I can't wait to start working these into my ms. I definitely think the trip was the refreshment I needed!

  4. Mindy, I can surely relate! I'm glad that you got your fragrant tea, in a tea pot and all. :)

    Angie, You're right about hobbies. I seem to have all thumbs when it comes to them.