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Sunday, October 11, 2009


Results of my local writing mini-retreat

Let's face it. As I drove to my secret writing location, I was skeptical about what I was trying to accomplish. I was setting forth to write as much as possible, without outside distractions (including the Internet!) for as many hours as my fingers could be chained to the keyboard.
I didn't think I would accomplish anything and that maybe I had just been looking for a day to duck out to the mall without my band of ever-present accomplices.
Last weekend, this mom of three, accustomed to pouring milk over cereal, changing a diaper, making lunches, wiping a nose and taking a shower (but only on an odd-numbered day that starts with the letter 'M') with one wide swoop, found taking time for my own personal, creative writing more daunting than the daily juggles of parenting.
How many of you can relate to this statement (even if you might not be willing to say it aloud)?
I'm always ready to drop my creative project for the good/needs/wants/desires/strange requests of someone else.

But for part of one day, I understood and lived what it meant to block out that sentiment.
So, while I sat on a sunny deck and breathed in fresh air far from the charming screams of "MOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM," I wrote. And wrote. And wrote.
I stopped for a few pauses and to plug in my computer or to stretch my legs or to eat a bit. And it was glorious. For several hours, I crafted a character or two, I set up scenes, I plotted the twists and turns of my novel. I actually made progress that had been creeping along in my head for weeks.
During the week, I was able to refer back to chunks of text and sketch more of the plot. For once, in a long, long while, I felt like a fiction writer again.
And it felt good.

Elizabeth King Humphrey is a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach and freelance writer. She also blogs at, delving into creativity in everyday places. She is already planning her next writing escape...and shower.

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Blogger Virginia said...

Yes! Good for you! That sounds wonderful and I am jealous! Let's hope you can get to do it again soon.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Yay! Progress!

7:01 AM  
Anonymous injaynesworld said...

As a professional TV writer for years, I found that the only thing that kept my butt to the fire, so to speak, was a deadline along with its promise of a paycheck. Left to my own to write on spec, I am easily and, I admit, eagerly distracted. Must water plants. Let's just plant a garden while we're at it. Is that a smudge on the window? Must clean every window in house. Cat coughing up hairball? Must wash floors, oh- what-the-hell-let's-vacuum-too. I do admire your discipline.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth King Humphrey said...

Thank you, ladies, for your support and encouragement.
injaynesworld, I know what you mean, but oddly, my house never seems the cleaner for it! LOL!

1:20 AM  

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