The escape of writing

As writers we love to escape into the act of writing. But what happens when you find yourself wanting to escape from your escape?

Annie Dillard says in The Writing Life:

” How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern. Read more.

Kurt Vonnegut says on my fave Brain Pickings site:

“My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this.” Read more.

Mason Currey, who wrote Daily Rituals, How Artists Work, says:

“Nearly every weekday morning for a year and a half, I got up at 5:30, brushed my teeth, made a cup of coffee, and sat down to write about how some of the greatest minds of the past four hundred years approached this exact same task — that is, how they made the time each day to do their best work, how they organized their schedules in order to be creative and productive. By writing about the admittedly mundane details of my subjects’ daily lives — when they slept and ate and worked and worried — I hoped to provide a novel angle on their personalities and careers, to sketch entertaining, small-bore portraits of the artist as a creature of habit.” More here.

Do you have a writing routine? How do you manage your writing day and what tricks do you use keep the escape of writing a true escape?

Come join us in Morocco and contemplate these questions there!

Moroccan Caravan, Jan 26 – Feb 8, 2017


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