Writing at home has its challenges. When I have time to write, things always seem to get in the way.
You may be familiar with some of these things -- The dishes NEED to be washed, the floors NEED to be vacuumed, the dogs NEED to snuggle. I NEED to check Twitter, I NEED to look up something on the internet, I NEED to get dinner started.
I'm sure it's not a funny coincidence that all of these NEEDS pop up when I am writing (or not writing) something hard or I feel stalled in my writing life.
Add to this that I am a napping girl. I love naps.
But napping and writing don't mix well. Napping always wins out.
This past Sunday, the weather was really miserable--cold and rain all day long. It was the perfect day to write, but the only way that was going to happen was if I left home and got away from all of the NEEDS and the seductive call of the sofa.
So I packed up my notebook and my laptop and took myself on an artist's date at nearest Panera. After getting myself a cup of lemonade and a cinnamon crunch bagel, I found a table and settled in.
That's when I made a big mistake.
I checked my phone.
On my phone was a frantic text that NEEDED to be handled right away. Before any writing. Before even unpacking my laptop. I knew that if I didn't handle this text right away, there would be no way I would be able to focus on my writing. It was as if the writing angels had all conspired against me. Again.
This text led to an email that took me 45 minutes to type. When I was finished, I had little energy left for working on my writing project, or much else for that matter.
I packed up and went home.
No writing for me.
I NEED to try again.