Writers at Work

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This is what my office looks like right now

I was thrilled when my friend Dina Relles asked me to be a part of Proximity Magazine’s feature, “Still, More, Writers at Work”, where writers talk about how their writing life is structured. My writing day is divided into two distinct parts: the quiet time when my family is at work or school and I am home alone, followed the abrupt return to reality when they all come back. The world of dinner, lunchboxes, permission slips, reading logs. I loved reading about the other writers featured here, how they fit their writing lives around other responsibilities like jobs, families, pets.

I was talking to a friend yesterday about a mutual friend who recently returned from a one-month writing residency. No wi-fi, no talking until dinner time, no interruptions– just hours and hours to write, write, write. It sounded amazing, I told my friend, something I wish I could do one day. But don’t you think interruptions are part of what makes writing work? my friend said. Having to get up and walk the dog or answer the door or pick up dinner? Doesn’t walking away from the page offer something important too, the way you always think of the perfect line when you’re in the shower or waiting at a red light? She’s right, of course. It reminded me of how I always walk away from a crossword puzzle when I’m stuck, and when I return, the answer appears as if by magic.

“My writing day is divided into two distinct parts: when my kids are at school and when they are home. When they are in school, I use the quiet hours to step into the world of my novel and try to find a path through. When they come home, I am pulled sharply back into the real world. The truth is, I probably could keep writing even after my kids come home—they are old enough now to have their own interests and responsibilities to keep them well occupied. I’m the one who finds it hard to stay focused when they are there, always finding excuses to insert myself into their flow. I like the dual nature of my days: the quiet, dream-like state I enter when I am writing in an empty house and then the welcome return to the real world.”

Read more at http://true.proximitymagazine.org/2018/03/08/still-more-writers-at-work/.

One thought on “Writers at Work

  1. so relatable because in fact it does not just relate to writing…I would say that any working who is doing something remotely entrepreneurial where they have to make their own hours and structure would 100% relate to this. I feel exactly like you…(sometimes I am on site of course at an event) but very relatable xo

    On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:15 AM, daisy alpert florin wrote:

    > Daisy Alpert Florin posted: ” I was thrilled when my friend Dina Relles > asked me to be a part of Proximity Magazine’s feature, “Still, More, > Writers at Work”, where writers talk about how their writing life is > structured. My writing day is divided into two distinct parts: the quiet ” >

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