Diversions from Writing

Another late evening. It is almost nine o’clock and I am finally sitting down to write. I did start writing a story earlier this morning, but with my son around and things to do before school, and after the famous return from camp, I find that I no longer have the mental space necessary for writing.

The ideas don’t come to me, and when they do, they are half-formed and not really complete enough to publish. They remain half-thoughts jotted down for later.

The story I began this morning shouldn’t be rushed, and the first chapter of what may or may not eventually become a novel is still not ready for an audience. Instead, I am exploring my current state of mind.

I am thrilled to have my son around and so I am neither frustrated nor annoyed with my inability to produce the way I have produced to date, and I am conscious that when he returns to school next week, I will return to writing.

I have offered advice to my fellow bloggers recently about not forcing one’s writing, not chastising yourself when it just doesn’t come to you, so I am trying to live by my advice and do the same.

Instead, I am thinking about the fun things my son and I can do before school starts. So far, we have been to one museum and have spent an afternoon at a neighbour’s surprise birthday party. Tomorrow, we plan to bike to a boat rental place and rent two kayaks for a few hours of splashing around. And Thursday, we may go mountain biking in the nearby hills.

Perhaps our adventures will be fodder for weeks of blogging to come, and perhaps a diversion now and then is just as important as writing.

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One thought on “Diversions from Writing

  1. “Perhaps our adventures will be fodder for weeks of blogging to come, and perhaps a diversion now and then is just as important as writing.”

    I find I have two types of inspiration.. the things I have been thinking about in different forms for ages, and the “news”. I remember reading somewhere about the writer that would write down snippets of ideas to write about as they occurred to him. I guess you could call it the daily prompts generator before the internet. 🙂

    I carried around a little notebook and was writing down thousand of ideas and thought places for my studies.. although I have yet to use it. LOL.

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