I have been taking a three month writing workshop. This month I have been writing pretty much everyday. Hopefully I will have a book ready to go soon.
In group people were struggling with life interfering with writing. Vicki said to think about Nora Roberts Glass Ball Theory. Simply put you prioritize things that will shatter if you drop it. If something like writing is a plastic ball, it will bounce back to you.
I found this article that explains it better than me. It is difficult to find the right balance between work (can be household work), writing, family and friends. Once you realize the writing will still be there if you go to a ballgame with friends and husband, writing will still be there in the morning. You won’t be able to get back the memories if you skip the game to write. You might, also, lose friendships.
Sometimes being flexible is the key. This ballgame is Monday evening. Monday’s I meet with my friends on Houseparty. My friends will understand if I want to get out to enjoy myself especially after this past year. Then my husband said we’ll just leave for the game at 6, which is after my meeting. We both were flexible and Ralph came up with a great solution.
Fortunately, my write-in is in the morning. Zoom has given write-ins a whole new meaning, because you can stay home to write in a group via the beauty of the internet. If it weren’t for my husband, I might never leave the house again.
I watch movies that are in theaters on tv. I think this is the greatest thing. I am still not entirely comfortable in crowds. Even if the theater is social distancing with masks, I still have to walk through the casino to get there. I know we can go to one of the theaters with their own entrances, but we would have to drive further. Besides I like the flexibility of watching a movie at home.
Remember when to hold onto your glass ball, don’t let it break. Drop the plastic ones, since they will bounce back. For me I have dedicated writing times early in the morning, so I free up valuable space in the rest of the day.
Love, Peace and Light! Rita