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Make Your Writing Time "Holy"
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Maria Murnane
November 2017
Contributor
Written by
Maria Murnane
November 2017

I'm currently taking a screenwriting class, and in our first session the teacher emphasized how important it is to make our writing time "holy."

When he said that, I found myself smiling and nodding. In a recent post I asked my readers out there what inspires them to write, and I shared my own challenges with getting myself to just sit down and write. There's always something to get in my way. Hmm, let me check my email! Hmm, I think I'll get up and grab a snack! Hmm, I wonder if anyone has liked that photo I posted on Instagram! Hmm, maybe I'll take a quick nap before I start! Does any of that sound familiar? If so, welcome to my world.

While the teacher was talking about screenplays, writing is writing, and he is correct. To focus mentally and let the creative juices flow, it's important to disconnect from all the distractions out there. He suggested designating a special place that is only for writing to create an association effect. I have an overstuffed chair in my living room that works well for this. While my friends sit in that chair all the time, I use it only when I write, and over time I've begun to associate it with being creative. Now when I sit there, the temptations to procrastinate are still there, but they are much easier to ignore. That blue-and-white striped chair has become my "holy" space.

Do you have a special place in your home where you find that writing comes more easily to you? Or maybe a place outside your home, e.g. a coffee shop? I know an author who brings his laptop to his local pub when he's working on a book. Whatever works, right?

-Maria

Maria Murnane writes bestselling novels about life, love and friendship. Have questions? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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  • Diana Y. Paul Revising

    Yes, with social media I can always tell myself that I have to promote my debut novel, instead of working on my next one which is a work-in-progress. So, now I have my bistro table and chair for writing, but if it rains, I'll find that as an excuse to get distracted once again! Thanks for this humorous as well as helpful article, Maria. --Diana Y. Paul, novelist--Things Unsaid