Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ten on Tuesday: Writing

I sucked back my glass of wine a bit too early tonight and I'm feeling quite light-headed, so I'm going to resort to a 'Ten on Tuesday' meme. Apologies in advance for typos and/ or nonsensical sentence structures. (There's really no excuse, I know...).

Since I've talked before about how difficult I sometimes find the writing journey, I thought I'd give my top ten reasons why I love it.

1. I can make stuff up. I can make anything happen! It took me awhile to cotton on to this -- I had to take tentative steps away from my grasp on reality and towards creativity. I'm still learning but I love it!

2. As pointed out by many in a previous post, I can stay in my PJs all day long! (And wear my fuzzy slippers to my heart's content). It ain't pretty but it sure is comfortable.

3. It's a 30-second commute to my desk. Previous commutes included a killer drive on the M4; an hour-long Tube journey on the crush of the Central Line and the dreaded Northern Line; and a sketchy 6:30 am start to get to the smelly Silverlink Metro and the wilds of Clapham Junction. Now I can avoid sweaty commuter armpits!

4. I'm within striking distance of the fridge, at all times. Enough said.

5. I am my own boss, as I've said before. Love, love, LOVE it!

6. It's OK to stare out the window for hours. It's alright to eavesdrop. It's all good, as long as it helps my writing.

7. I really feel happy staring at the page at the end of the day, re-reading what I've written. Even if it's rubbish (first draft, etc), I feel I've accomplished something.

8. I like hoping that something will happen with my writing. I like that there's potential.
It's infinitely better than being stuck in a dead-end job.

9. I like the routine of my day, getting up in the morning and knowing that I have a full day to create ahead of me.

10. I'm doing what I've always wanted to, even though I've been distracted many times along the way. I've finally got here.


  1. All I can say is "LUCKY!!!" I wish I could stay in my pj's all day long, have a 30 second commute and stare out the window for inspiration!!

    Instead I have to wear jeans and a nice shirt, 25 minute commute, and stare a computer screen (or bare white walls)

    However I do take the joy of writing seriously and in the evenings when I write I can stare out my huge windows, have a 30 second commute from the fridge to the tv to the computer and wear my pj's so I still benefit!!

    Fantastic post!! Cheered me up!

  2. Thanks, Jen! Sounds like your nights are my days. It is so enjoyable, isn't it?

  3. Sounds great! I love your point about potential. It's really what it's all about :) Great post!

  4. That's a great list and a great gig. I'm officially jealous. :)

  5. ahah great post! love the list -- and love the commute to your desk!! tehe best of luck with all you do!!

  6. I like this list. It cheered me up and made me happy. But then so did your post on clothes, cupcakes and tv, which is why I have you on my sidebar lol! Don't want to miss any of your good stuff here!

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Jemi - It's so nice to feel full of potential, isn't it?

    Sarah Jayne - You wouldn't be jealous if you saw my slippers. Believe me.

    Tahereh - Thank you!

    Karen - You made me feel warm and fuzzy! Glad my posts are having the desired effect. :)

  8. It is lovely isn't it? Unfortunately I have been known to go around in my pj's. The neighbors think I'm quite atrocious.

  9. Great post! I am seething with envy but still, great post. Right now, my talents not be paying the bills. Someday, though, oh someday...

  10. Hi

    What WONDERFUL reasons to love this writing novels malarky! I particularly like points 2, 3 & 4! But point 10 is just the best isn't it?

    GOOD LUCK with your writing - I look forward to seeing your novels as I browse in Waterstones! Oh yes!

    Take care

  11. I turned my back on the world of work a couple of years ago to sit at home and write my novel, and I absolutely loved it. Apart from the growing incredibly skint bit. Back at work now, I see that time through a rose-coloured fuzzy-slippered haze of harmony and chocolate. I miss it! Although I still have chocolate. And an 'almost ready to go' novel. :)

    Good luck with your writing!

  12. I love this list, and I think you did it quite well, even with wine. I don't dare write a blog post or even leave comments if I'm imbibing because I quickly find my fingers incapable of typing and my brain incapable of coherent thought. :)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog -- I don't think I've visited yours before, but I'll be back. I enjoyed the posts I read today.


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