Forget exercise, growing my nails,
and learning how to cook a decent roast chicken.
My goal for 2010 is to learn how to write at home and on a schedule.
It is time.
As some of you know, I just read Stephen King's ON WRITING. King believes that a writing space "really needs only one thing: a door which you are willing to shut."
This is actually a bigger deal than it appears to be. I think one reason I always end up in libraries and coffee shops is that they provide the happy illusion that I am not alone with my work.
I think I have been unwilling to shut the door.
"I think we're actually talking about creative sleep. Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your schedule -- in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk -- exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go. In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives."
Everything I know about science, which is about as much as anyone who reads the Science Times and those great New Yorker pieces by Atul Gawande, suggests that this is true.
My family moved this past summer, and for the first time in years, I have a bedroom with enough room for a desk. I don't yet have this desk, but it's on its way. . .