quiet

In order to write, really write, that first draft of anything, I need quiet.

At least, that is the ideal.

I don’t mean a literal absence of noise.

I need a quietness of mind, so that the words flow uninterrupted, where other jobs don’t nag at me, where the ‘noise’ of life does not drag my attention away.

This usually means I have to get out of the house.  However ‘quiet’ in the literal sense, my mind is always being tugged away from the task at hand.  I’ll find a corner of a coffee shop, or have coffee in the local pub, and write there.  I’ll try to get a private-ish table, but a hum of chatter around me doesn’t bother me.  I feel part of the world, not isolated, and yet in my private space at the same time. It’s quietness of mind that I’m looking for, and somewhere away from daily demands creates this for me.

Of course, if there is an empty coffee shop except for me and one other very loud table I won’t be quite so happy – the noise needs to bleed into itself, create a general chatter. A single strident voice will jar on me.

Sitting outside also creates quietness of mind for me – in recent sunny days I’ve been sitting in my garden and scribbling a few thoughts.  Nature winds itself around me, soothing away the plague of the busy, the need to achieve, and allows for a different pace of living, of doing, of writing.

Of course sometimes I have to make the best of it and write in snatches, discipline myself to write amid ‘noise’. It’s harder work, but if I waited for that quietness of mind every time my writing would suffer. The words have to be pushed out. I feel like I’m trying to force myself to bleed. But those words, too, have value.


A to Z posts – reflecting on my writing journey

A to Z theme reveal
A is for … acorns
B is for … bricks
C is for … change
D is for … dreams
E is for … empathy
F is for … forgetfulness
G is for … gifts
H is for … hiatus
I is for … imagination
J is for … jewels
K is for … knowledge
L is for … living
M is for … meaning
N is for … novels
O is for … observe
P is for … persist
 

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