the discipline of rhythm

The last month or so much of my time has been taken up with editing the summer/harvest issue of Magnet (it comes out in June).  In fact, I am writing this post quickly before heading to a design meeting – sitting peacefully at a little desk in my overnight accommodation.

As the work has been fairly intense, I’ve developed a rhythm of working, simply getting on and doing it, working through all the tasks.  I’ve done this from home – and this is where I think a benefit is emerging.

I struggle to write at home – always distracted by other things around me.  But the task of editing as part of a team, with all the accountability this entails, has developed a kind of work ethic in the place I used to find so difficult to work.

I’m hoping that this newly formed association will reap benefits once the editing workload has temporarily lessened, and I can tap into the new rhythm of discipline to really crack on with writing and editing my book, which still excites and compels me whenever I approach the topic.

So although in some ways being a magazine editor has taken me away from writing, I think it has helped me develop the ability to work – even from home – in a disciplined and thorough manner.

This is interesting not least because within the last part of my book – Longing to Remember – I talk about the benefits of association, attention and rhythm.  It looks as if I finally get to practise what I preach!

Do you work from home?  Do you have an associated space in which you work, study or pray?  How did you begin in forming these associations? I’m interested to hear about your experiences!

5 thoughts on “the discipline of rhythm

  1. Simon Marsh says:

    Thanks for your note the other day, Lucy. I was delighted to learn of your new work with the magazine, and am now encouraged by your reflections on rhythm and discipline. Perhaps its a sign of being interested in, and excited by, so many things that our attention flits so easily from one thing to another – witness the permanent pile of books that are constantly awaiting my time and attention – into which I fly like a magpie, a bit here and a bit there. I’d benefit from a more disciplined approach, though I can’t imagine I’ll ever become a one book at a time sort of a man now! And I’ll certainly be amongst the first in the queue when Longing to Remember hits the shelves. Enjoy your Eastertide. 🙂


  2. Glen says:

    Hi Lucy

    Looking forward to reading Magnet – well done for all your hard work editing and putting it together. I work from home in fits and starts, but in general work best in an environment where there are people around, but not involved – my favourites are coffee shops and libraries.

    Emma S (moonlighting under hubby’s account)


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