I Miss Writing

23 05 2010

It’s true, I’ve been spending a lot of time writing—but for work, not my own creative writing. I have to admit that I am one of the lucky writers who’s not completely broke all the time, or who can actually still work on my grammatical and technical writing ‘chops’ and get paid to do so (I do fundraising consulting which entails a fair amount of writing), but I really miss spending more time on my creative writing. Fiction, non-fiction, even poetry (which I rarely try my hand at, but when I do, it’s pretty fun).

This blog helps fulfill my craving a little, and I have been working on a new short story for a friend’s online publication, but I miss the days when I had more time to sit and write, or think about writing, or read whatever I felt like reading. Ironically, I don’t think I really valued those days when I did have them—of course, when I had days in a row with little paid consulting work I mostly goofed off or cleaned my house rather than write—so now the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak. I am planning to go on a short writing retreat soon—not sure where, but I just know I have to get out of Dodge and away from the distractions of the city, my apartment and everyday life and get some solid hours of writing in.

But even this craving is a sign of progress to me, because when I was working full-time 9-to-5 I could go for months without writing and it didn’t really bother me all too much. Now, writing has become more of a habit, a good habit that I don’t want to break. I started this blog and my other blog to help keep me writing, to keep me accountable to my own writing goals, and I’m glad I did. I still don’t blog as much as I’d like to at times, but it’s nice to know that these blogs are here for me to just scribble (or type, I guess!) a few words and thoughts and send them out to the world with a click of my trackpad.

Still, though, I miss my fiction writing, and when I’ve sat down lately (like I did the other day with my friend A. at a cafe) and work on a story, I feel a different part of my brain, my consciousness come alive. And I like that feeling. A lot.

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5 responses

23 05 2010
Tammy

I’m doing a lot more political writing for work. Writing commentary isn’t easy for me, but it’s a skill that I’m interested in developing, a muscle that I’m slowly building. I’ve also been doing a lot more journal writing around my spiritual work and dancing. It’s amazing how easy it flows out of me, perhaps because I do a lot less self-editing. I’ve written poems and short stories since I was a little girl, so I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised that I find comfort in it. It’s a blessing wrapped in a curse!

23 05 2010
dianneglave

here’s to writing!

2 06 2010
Mistinguette S

I do a lot of creative non-fiction, er, report writing as part of my consulting practice. I find that I want to get away from a computer after a long day at work, and so I do less creative writing in order to pay the bills. Still, I sometimes feel little burbles of creativity that come up while I am walking or doing dishes, and I feel sad that I don’t have the energy left to let them flow.

I haven’t done a retreat for writing for a long time, but your post has inspired me to schedule one for myself this summer.

3 06 2010
Rona

LOL Mistinguette—do you do fundraising? I joke that sometimes that feels like ‘creative non-fiction’ or even fiction! 😉 If that’s the kind of writing you do, we’ve got even more in common! Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope you get some time away to write soon.

10 06 2010
Kelly

I feel a different part of my brain come alive when I write too.

I am planning a short writing retreat soon too…very excited!

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