Yesterday I was ready to engage all engines for my DIY Writing Retreat. But, as I sat at my desk and attempted writing session #1, I discovered I wasn’t as prepared as I thought. Perhaps my reptilian brain was looking for every excuse it could find to delay the actual writing, or maybe I assumed writing my story would be easy.
Here are the items I found I needed to keep my butt in the seat and my fingers on the keyboard:
- A Space Heater—It is sub-zero outside. The wind is howling and pounding against the northern walls of my office. The whole house creaks and shakes from the wind, and the cold draft makes me shiver. My space heater creates a small buffer against the onslaught.
- A Lap Throw—An added layer keeps me cozy and inhibits my desire to expose myself to the cold.
- Fingerless Gloves—Warm fingers produce more writing than frozen appendages.
- A Cup Warmer—Nothing derails a train of thought like a sip of cold coffee.
- Phone Set on Airplane Mode—This needs no explanation.
- A Timer—Playing “Beat the Clock” is surprisingly motivational.
- Headphones—Blocking out extraneous household noises is a must. If something falls, and you are wearing headphones, did it make a sound?
- Good lighting—Writing in the dark results in eyestrain.
- Last but not least — A great incentive to reward your writing milestones. The treat doesn’t need to be anything extravagant. A piece of dark chocolate, a glass of wine, or a long soak in the tub can help you reach your goals.
Did you write yesterday? Are you writing today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer