A long enough pole and a place to stand…oh, and NaNoWriMo

I’ve come to realize that for my writing there is companion to getting into the habit of the actual act of writing, of setting down words on paper or on screen, and that is having a place to write.

Writing is relatively easy and as a creative act wonderfully compact requiring much less space than my other endeavors in photography. It is a truism that one can write anywhere, and under almost any conditions.

However there is something to be said for having a place to write, a place that is solely for writing and that is devoted to its practice. Fortunately this doesn’t have to be a BIG THING because, while a Victorian attic with a big oaken desk festooned with carving of the denizens of Faerie, or a cottage in the deep green embrace of the forest,s might be nice they are not necessary. Your place for writing can be anywhere so long as you dedicate that space to writing it can be the public library, a stool in your favorite pub, a bus bench on your way to and from work, or  a corner of your living room that you have consecrated as the space where creation occurs.

This idea and practice has been a great help to getting into the habit for me. I know when I sit myself down at the laptop on that desk I am there to write. Not to surf the internet, not to go on Youtube, not to instant message. I write.

It’s about putting yourself where you need to be to get the work done. Maximize your creative leverage every way you can. A long enough pole and a place to stand and you can move the earth…as someone once said.

Author Rex Stout who created the detective Nero Wolfe gave Wolfe the conceit that as an orchid fancier and grower he had his own plant rooms atop his brownstone. From 9 to 11 in the morning and again from 4  to 6 in the afternoon Wolfe could be found in his plant rooms and heaven help the man who disturbed him. No murder, thievery, or harassment from the police to know what he knew would distract him from his orchids during those times. That’s dedication. I want my writing to be my orchids.

Oh yes, NaNoWriMo starts in about three hours for me. I’ve taken part in previous years and am doing so this year. The novel is called The Sixth Age (working title), and I can’t wait to get started.

2 thoughts on “A long enough pole and a place to stand…oh, and NaNoWriMo

  1. Michael McMullen says:

    Very, very well put. These are almost exactly the same thoughts I’ve had about writing the last few months that have made me come back to considering it as something to invest more of my time in.

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