Sunday, June 25, 2006

Got that writing feeling

As a child, I was often ill (asthma, etc.), and to amuse myself I would make up stories. Apart from reading and listening to radio, it was about all I could do whilst in bed. As an adult, I find I do the same when I'm sick. Whilst getting over the coffee & walnut cake incident, I started to think about SoD. I haven't found an ending yet, so have been trying out different scenarios. Unfortunately, I should be doing other things, so will have to stamp on this. Trouble is, it's a darn sight more fun than anything else I'm obliged to do ...

7 Comments:

At 11:02 am BST, Blogger Diane said...

I always think it's best to scratch that itch when it happens. I know we have other things to do, but could you find a little space to do this?

 
At 11:48 am BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

I had an interesting conversation with someone at te writing group, who said she had the same difficulty as me when she'd had an archive job. Archaeology and archive work needs all encompassing concentration and focus. Now she has a job that demands less focus, it's easier for her to switch between it and writing.

I can't do both (I'm sure others can), so I won't let myself write when I'm supposed to be doing the archaeology. I'm scratching the itch to some extent by allowing some thought to go the writing-way whilst I'm not well, but I won't set finger to computer in aid of it. I'll get drawn in and reports won't be written. I find it hard enough to write reports as it is!

It's rather unfortunate that I currently have good excuses not to write, but I *am* working toward freeing myself up.

 
At 1:19 pm BST, Blogger Carla said...

Don't stamp on it too hard :-) Everyone needs a little fun in their lives. I know what you mean about getting drawn in, though. Have you tried just jotting down notes rather than proper writing? It might help capture the ideas so you can come back to them when (if) you have more time.

 
At 4:49 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

I haven't even dared to jot notes down for dear of getting drawn in, but perhaps I should as some of the stuff will be useful :-)

Just realised I should do my accounts - that'll kill any creative urge whatsoever ...

 
At 8:53 pm BST, Blogger Susan Hill said...

Alex, I just read this and you mention that it was coffee and WALNUT cake... the walnut is most likely to be what you reacted to. The protein in nuts is one of the commonest causes of allergic reactions. It might be worth avoiding nuts.

 
At 10:14 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Yes, nuts are now on my 'suspect' list, which is getting very long ... If chocolate and tea follows, I shall throw myself in the Ouse ;-)

 
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