Author Tayari Jones is about to embark on a month dedicated to her writing, and the post she added to her blog yesterday explaining her imminent departure (especially the part I’m quoting here) really resonated with me:
Why all the drama? Why not just set up a DIY writing clinic in my apartment. I do have a dedicated room just for writing. I’m getting away because I feel that I am been distracted from myself by my life. I have been way too busy being too many things to too many people and I have really gotten out of touch with my work. I know that this happens to everyone, but I feel particularly frustrated because I spend so much time telling other writers to put themselves first. But here I am, in the same trap as everyone else.
Tayari’s post really got me thinking. A month seems an impossible dream given my current circumstances, but something shorter should be feasible. I need it. I owe it to myself, for a lot of reasons, to work very hard on carving out some real, dedicated time for my writing.
Because I, too, have “been distracted from myself by my life…way too busy…have really gotten out of touch with my work.” And, I, too, feel that I spend a lot of time encouraging other writers (you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog if that weren’t the case). At some point, I need to encourage myself.
Not sure when, where, or how this gift of time to myself and my writing will happen. But it WILL happen.
And for that, I thank Tayari Jones. Have a wonderful, productive month, Tayari!