Early this morning I received a text message from my daughter. “What happened to blogging every Tuesday?” she wrote. And I figuratively slapped my forehead, thinking “oh yeah, I forgot.” So thanks to my daughter, I am blogging yesterday’s blog today.
I have no excuse, really. “Write blog” was on my list of things to do yesterday. But that only helps if I actually check my list, and my day got so busy with errands and chores and outings that I didn’t. The time simply got away from me. December is like that, really, with Christmas on the horizon and preparations to make and social events to attend. My brain is so full that it barely has room for writing, much less writing blogs.
But I’m here now. For my “Thoughts about Writing” blog this week, I want to share a quote with you. It was sent to me by an artist friend, Jana Matusz, who is a wonderful painter. I met her in Bermuda while she was here for a three-month residency with Masterworks. We hit it off right away and became friends. She was very inspiring for my own painting. And now that she’s back home we stay in touch through the occasional email.
In her latest email to me, she mentioned that she’d been reading my blogs, and could commiserate with my challenges of staying disciplined and focused with writing. She experiences the same thing with her painting. Then she shared this quote by David Lynch:
“To get in one good hour of painting you have to have four hours of uninterrupted time.”
I think that is true for any form of art, whether it be writing, painting, music, or anything other creative endeavour. Jana comments that for her, four hours is conservative and I agree. Just because our product flows from our imagination doesn’t mean we don’t have to think hard about it, and plan, and challenge our skills. I’ve expressed in previous blogs that I tend to dilly dally and waste time for a while when I sit down to write, unable to find my focus immediately, but when I eventually manage to pull myself away from distractions I get lost in my created world and the time falls away.
So I think I need to rework my weekly schedule to plan solid chunks of four or more hours in which to write (not dilly dally) and then who knows where I can go?