At the end of every month, I like to invite you to think about the writing you could do during the month behind and how you might want to turn things in your favour for the month ahead.
The questions for reflection are here.
Once you have considered the ups and downs of the month behind, turn your thoughts to June.
For June, let’s consider how we can create ideal writing conditions.
Okay, not really, but stick with me, here.
Most of us have a mental image of our perfect writing conditions. Under these conditions, we could write effortlessly, and easily achieve our goals.
For some of us, that would mean the freedom to write in a coffee shop every day.
Others might imagine a lakeside retreat.
You might be thinking of a secluded library, or a hotel room with room service.
Ideal conditions would be different for everyone, but the common element is our conviction that we would get more done if we had those conditions in place.
I wish I could wave a wand and give everyone their perfect writing space, time, and energy but, so far, my magic hasn’t worked.
So, instead, I’m going to suggest that you take a closer look at those ideal conditions and see if you can move your writing reality closer to the fantasy.
What do you REALLY want?
While you may not be able to create your IDEAL writing conditions, there are probably some elements that you can create.
For example, while I see a weekend to myself as the perfect way to write, perhaps I actually need quiet. Or time away from my household responsibilities. Or a change in location.
Ask yourself some questions about your ideals and try to identify the things that you imagine would support your writing in those circumstances.
Thinking about WHY those conditions would be ideal can help you figure out how to create a version of them in your current life.
How can you create a version of those ideals?
Most of us can’t drop everything and run off , even temporarily, into our fantasy location.
However, now that you have identified some key, helpful elements from your ideal writing conditions, it’s time to consider what a real-life version of them might look like.
For example, if the key element of your ideal conditions is quiet, consider how you might find some quiet in your average day. Do you need to work in your car? Do you need to get up earlier or stay up later? Can you bribe your family or your roommates to go out for an hour?
Or, if your idea conditions involve having your meals brought to you, perhaps you could plan for 3 deliveries at home for one writing day. Or if that is out of your budget, perhaps you could prepare your meals a day in advance? Maybe a friend would be willing to bring you three meals on a given day in return for running their errands on another day.
It won’t be the same as your fantasy but it may serve at least some of the same purpose.
How soon can you put that into place?
If you have identified some key writing fantasy elements and reshaped them for your real life, your next step is to decide on a time frame.
When can you create those modified conditions for yourself? What do you need to do in advance to make it happen?
While there is no deadline on this, giving yourself a time frame makes it a priority for you.
Since your writing is important, making it a priority will feel good. And you deserve to feel good about your writing…and about yourself.
Perfect Writing Conditions
It can be fun to imagine a perfect time and place for our writing but we don’t want to put off our writing until they are achieved. After all, even perfect writing conditions won’t guarantee prolific writing.
We’re probably better off making some adjustments to our current environment, schedules, and patterns rather than chasing a fantasy writing life.
After all, our writing still has to happen word by word, no matter where we are sitting while we do it. By tweaking our real lives to increase our writing capacity, we set the groundwork for consistent habits that will help move us toward our writing goals.
Christine Hennebury’s storytelling career began when she was four and her parents didn’t believe her tale about water shooting out of her nose onto the couch – they insisted that she had spilled bubble solution from the empty jar in her hand. Luckily, her skills have improved since then. Christine makes up stories, shares stories, and coaches other people who are working on stories, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Find out more about her at christinehennebury.com