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October 21, 2009

The Importance of Solitude for a Writer

Filed under: Uncategorized — zabowska @ 5:07 am

  For today’s blog, I decided to reflect on an aspect of writing that takes me a bit away
from Sellars’ book to my own intuitions about writing.

  People say that writers are a distinct breed of individual. They usually enjoy to be
alone and in seclusion. Although this is true ,and I think that perhaps the most
successful people are solitary type of writers, I also believe that for many of us solitude
is a foe rather than a friend.

  Given our media culture and our busy minds, writers may have a difficult time to get
into the habit of sitting quietly for hour after hour and write. Some writers will do
anything but in order to distract themselves from the main task of writing. They will
answer phones, email, go out and shop, visit web sites, eat, talk to others, listen to the
radio and television, and so on.

  There is nothing wrong with all of these different activities, and some of them can
actually help the writer to derive topics to write about. The point that I am trying to
make is that when we schedule time to write, we must be ready to dedicate ourselves
totally to the task of writing and to not be doing anything else otherwise we won’t get
any writing done.

  Now, I am sure that this may sound simplistic to many people. However, it is far from
simple as most writer’s know. Many writers fall prey to distractions more often than
they fall into the mode of writing. And for some writers, this could make the difference
between being successful writers and mediocre ones who never write much that is
significant or publish anything.

  So, my message today is a simple and important one. Writers: please create a place of
solitude and peace for yourself so that you could feel comfortable writing and doing
the work that you really want to do. Above all, have the courage to say: This is my
writing time. And keep it sacrosanct. You can do this!


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Sunny:

    Terrific topic. Your insights are inpsiring. Thanks for sharing.

    Children’s Author
    Write What Inspires You Blog
    The Golden Pathway Story book Blog
    Donna M. McDine’s Website

    Comment by Donna McDine — October 21, 2009 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

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