About the Business of Writing
Today, I am carving out some time for writing; and it’s not even dark! I usually do not have that luxury during the week. I leave the writing until the very last part of the day. The part of the day that doesn’t require anything else from me. Sometimes it’s really (really!) close to the 11:59 pm EST deadline for posting your March SOLSC #SOL16 slice. But that is my me time. That is the part of the day that is just for me.
Yesterday was Friday. I spent some time in my classroom after school, getting ready for next week. I put away 2 very large stacks of books from the book return bins in the book room. I chatted with some colleagues. I said hello to a few little friends at Family Movie Night. No worries. I still had lots of time left in the day for writing. I’ve got this.
So… I headed to Barnes & Noble. This is where I go when I need a pick-me-up. I wandered through the store, browsing the time away. I bought a couple of books to share with my favorite readers next week. The night was still young. I made 2 more stops for things I needed at home. Finally, errands complete, I headed home to begin my slice. I started. I looked at my writing notebook, I wrote some ideas, and then…
I get a text from E… “I’m ready to be picked up”.
I get to the restaurant.
“Can you drive a few more friends home?” Of course.
I get a text from B… “When will you be home, he wants to say hello?” Almost there.
I took some time to chat with B and her friend about their evening.
I get a text from Paul on his way home from work… “Do you want some ice cream?” (Like I would say no.) I get back to my slice and wait for my ice cream.
Ice cream arrives.
(Do I eat it? Do I finish my slice? What would you have done?)
Ice cream gone. I frantically try to finish my slice before 10:59 pm. Formatting problems. It seems like I’m typing quicker than the internet can think.
I click on “Post Comment”.
Slice posted. But it’s really 12:00 am. Ugh…
Last night I didn’t post my slice until 12:00 am, exactly, on the dot. If I could get a day ahead… I wrote about procrastination a few days ago. I don’t think I’m procrastinating with my writing… I’m just not setting the time aside to reflect and develop my craft as a writer. I can only live a writerly life if I’m about the business of writing. I will have to see if I can fix this. Tomorrow.