You know how we sometimes wait for the "perfect" conditions before we take action? We think our homes have to be "perfect" before we can have company over. Or a plan has to be "perfect" before we'll take a single step. Or we must have the "perfect" amount of time before we'll start a project we've been putting off.
Of course, we know there's no such thing as perfect. It's just a convenient excuse for procrastination.
When it comes to writing, after YEARS of excuses, I finally realized that the perfect time is now. And the perfect place is wherever I happen to be.
For way too long, I put off writing thinking I didn't have the time. Then I wised up and started snatching spare moments here and there: after work, before dinner, after dinner, on lazy Sunday afternoons. I also started carrying around a little notebook in my purse. I'd pull it out and jot down ideas, or even rough scenes, on the train, on my lunch breaks, while waiting for my daughter's martial arts class to finish.
Most of my writing, however, happens right here at our home computer. It's far from the "perfect" home office I've been secretly pining for. In my dream, I have a spacious, sunny room all to myself, with a huge, vintage solid wood desk, inspiring artwork all around me, and a big window looking out onto leafy trees, blue skies, twittering birds...
In reality, my home office is a small shared space. The window looks out onto a brick wall. The broken old computer desk (damaged in a move several years ago) has very little surface area for notebooks, snacks, or drinks. It's where I sit to write--and also to pay bills. It's where my husband writes music, edits his photos, sends emails, checks Facebook. It's where our daughter plays Minecraft, watches YouTube videos, and does her homework. (SO much of her homework is on the computer now!)
On the bright side, my husband has a laptop too, so he doesn't always need the computer. (I don't like typing on laptops myself.) And our daughter has a desk in her room, so she can take the borrowed laptop in there or use her other devices.
And, there ARE some inspiring things in this writing space: a full bookcase (because books!), Nancy Drew games (a fun reminder of the original girl detective), and inspiring artwork depicting the Genius known as Albert.
But what makes this place the perfect place to write... is the fact that I WRITE here. And that's all there is to it.
p.s. Here's a fitting quote!
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein
A nature-loving, mystery-reading, magic-seeking, daydreaming kinda gal, Jennifer is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries.