The Writer’s Creative Cave vs. The Big, Wide World

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I love to write. It is all I have ever been good at, so I keep doing it, if only to prove that I am not a complete waste of a human body (cooking, housekeeping, swimming, sitting still, nothing works, sigh).

Sometimes, I get so sucked into my passion that I resent intrusion in any form. I am such an intense (boring) writer that I can’t even listen to music while I am writing. Family, friends, the inquisitive squirrel outside my window… at one point, it feels like they are conspiring against me, by trying to seduce me away from my writing, in the name of companionship, obligations or cuteness (Squirrel, you won’t get me yet!).

Naturally, one of my favorite daydreams is to escape to a deserted island and live in a shack, which miraculously has wifi and my entire writer’s almanac. No view, though, which could be seriously distracting. So, just me and a windowless shack, and from morning till night I can hunch over my darling PC and just write and write and write….

But wait a minute, if I am in a deserted island, then who I do write about? Who’s going to be inspire me and amuse me and hurt me and bless me and serve as catalysts that change an idea into a story? Darn, I need my humans after all!

Just like how JAMIE LEE WALLACE illustrates in this article 🙂

Live to Write - Write to Live

groundhog It’s ok. Come on out!

Most of the aspiring writers I know wish they had more time to write. Their lives are busy, full of obligations and responsibilities. Practicing the writing craft is a luxury that gets tucked into the odd corner of the day, early or late and most often stolen.

My life is much the same and I bet yours is, too.

I make my living as a freelance writer, but my creative writing lives the life of a small, tenacious beast – always hustling and hoarding minutes, fiercely defending the small oases of available time like the precious territory they are. This clever little critter knows that sometimes you have to go underground to get things done, make yourself a hidden haven where you can do your work without interruption from the siren call of worldly duties.

But, sometimes, your creative creature needs to come up into…

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