There is no such thing as the “perfect time to write.”
I used to have a naive fantasy about arriving at a time in my life when I would be free to write without distraction or disturbance. A time during which I would somehow be magically relieved of all my responsibilities and obligations. No worries would crease my brow other than those having to do with the writing task at hand, no stress would cloud my creative vision.
Did I mention it was a naive fantasy?
It is also a foolish one.
Writing does not happen in a vacuum. Writing is a creative act and creative acts are messy and chaotic and filled with life. That’s the way they are supposed to be. The natural push and pull, give and take between the daily rounds of our days and our writing creates tension that brings a healthy sense of urgency to our work.
Your crazy, burdened, maddening life fuels your writing. Even the hard parts of life are sustenance for your creative self. In fact, the hard bits may be the most nourishing of all. Art is not created in spite of life; it is created because of it. Each experience you have, each emotion you feel, each dream and desire and hope and wonder – all of that is imprinted on your mind and in your heart until it becomes a part of you. And then, when you are writing, it all comes out again – pouring from your fingertips, transformed by time, perspective, and the magic of story. Like an alchemist, we turn our everyday experiences and thoughts into art.
Though you may feel like you’d be more productive/inspired/capable if you sequestered yourself away from the world, that is the last thing you need. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it?” I have experienced the truth of this saying over and over again. Often, it’s when I am at my busiest that I suddenly slip into a state of ease that makes me feel like I am dancing from one task to the next. Ideas come easily. Words flow. My timing is perfect. Everything clicks. Those crazy, creative days remind me that writing is not something that happens outside of or away from my life. Writing is at the core of my life, and every other part of my life feeds it.
There is no perfect time for writing because all your time is writing time. You don’t have to be at the keyboard or holding a pen to be writing. Living your life is part of your writing, too. It’s all one and the same. You do not need to escape your life in order to write, you need to embrace your life in order to write.
Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content marketer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian and aerial arts (not at the same time), and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Join me each Saturday for the Weekend Edition (a fun post and great community of commenters on the writing life, random musings, writing tips, and good reads), or introduce yourself on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.