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Working at Writing
Author: Moushumi Chakrabarty
Making a commitment to yourself as a writer often falls into the waiting traps of washing machines, meals and procrastinations - especially if you are a work-at-home type of person. I am. Corporate chit-chat is definitely not what turns me on, writing-wise and in other ways. So when I quit the entire going-out-to-work lifestyle, it seemed like a wise decision. Now I was going to do what I really was best at - writing, and full-time, at home.
Ulysses set out with less baggage than me on this quest. I had pre-conceived notions about how a writers life should be. I got myself fancy software, installed favorite writing-related quotes on the notice board in front of my Ikea desk, bought a whole bunch of colored stationery - in short, did everything a writer is supposed to do, but write.
Every morning, after the kids and husband had left, I would sit at the computer, surfing the Internet. I called it warming up. Who wouldnt, with a cup of steaming coffee and last evenings doughnut beside them?
Id then open up a blank document after the cup was drained and think, Okay, now to write. But a subject and its handmaiden, language, refused to join me. I typed out a long string of letters ("m," for instance), hoping for some inspiration. Next, a walk around the garden, thinking disconsolately that the zinnias were blooming divinely unlike my muse. Then it would suddenly strike me that it was almost noon and I hadnt made lunch. The kids would be home soon.
With something like relief, I'd rush into the kitchen to start preparing a meal. Midway, the laundry would call out; piles of unwashed clothes wallowing in the basement. Running up and down the stairs leaves me tired and all too soon, the day is done.
However, after some serious thinking, Ive come up with some tips to combat this dreadful lack of discipline.
Now go and have that éclair.
Copyright 2002 Moushumi Chakrabarty. All rights reserved.
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