Now that the school year is in full swing and our homeschool co-op and the boys’ sports have begun, it is much harder to try to squeeze in some time to write, but the desire is still strong. For the past two weeks, I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed and really needing some time to myself, so I explained it to my husband this past Friday, and Saturday afternoon, he blessed me with giving me the freedom to go out on my own for a few hours.
No, I don’t mean that he keeps me chained to the house, but it’s important to both of us to communicate and be on the same page.
So, what did I do? I grabbed my notebook and pen, (Did I mention that I write better with pen and paper, so that is how I choose to write? For some reason, the thoughts flow better that way. Maybe, because that’s how I started writing stories years ago?), and I went to the mall. I was disappointed to see that they have taken most of the nice little tables out of the center of the mall, but I found a nice table downstairs in the food court. I bought a salad and a bottle of water at Saladworks and settled down to enjoy my lunch and some writing time.
My husband couldn’t understand how I could possibly write in the middle of a busy mall. He said, “Won’t you have more distractions there?” I explained, “No, because none of those people want my attention. They aren’t seeking my attention for any reason, and besides, I also enjoy people watching and get some great ideas for characters by observing people.”
Well, I sat at that little table for about three hours and wrote probably all but about fifteen minutes of that time, in between mouthfuls of salad. It was wonderful! I feel my two main characters really developing and am really getting into the story. I completed chapter one and wrote all of chapter two. I look forward to finding some time to write again soon.
I then walked around part of the mall and then headed home feeling refreshed and as though I had accomplished something. I hope to be able to find some space where I can be free from interruptions and spend time writing more often. It makes me very happy.