Writing in the spaces

Very few people are able to support themselves financially through writing, so it seems to me that writing must be frequently relegated to the spaces real life leaves behind.

When I read Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own back in my teens, a fantasy of mine took shape and solidified. Since then, I have been desperate for a space – both physical and mental – that is mine alone and that I can retire to frequently. Instead, I hide in the bedroom of my shared flat, sit in cafes with snatched moments and stick the headphones in whenever I can.

These days writing is filling up the cracks and gaps in my time quite prolifically, but despite telling myself it doesn’t have to be this way, I always feel as though it’s consigned to the margins. That’s what makes me want to trash the day job, and god do I sometimes want to trash the day job!

But I do sometimes wonder if it’s not always such a bad thing. If by having writing as the thing I’m fighting to find time to do, it gets to be almost a treat. I doubt it would stay that way if I did it 24/7. Or maybe I’d find I enjoyed it even more. Who knows? Not me until I get brave or rich enough to try it!

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4 responses to “Writing in the spaces

  1. I still crave that space to breath whenever I’m in a crowd for a significant amount of time:) I guess people who have “the need to write” also have “the need for space”.

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  2. You are so right Lynsey! Me and my hubby always console ourselves that when we toddle off to work, sometimes missing each other because of the strange hours, – we convince ourselves that it is all worth it because it pays for the good times. We live for the good times! If it was good times all the way – it wouldn’t be the same. There’s nothing like putting the feet up and doing what you really want to do. if you have a contrast, I think you do appreciate ‘me time’ more. I like the way you liken wrting to filling the cracks lol! Talk about ‘mind the gap’. Writing – the new polyfiller! reading between the lines (cracks) is good though – lots of interesting things lie between the lines – it’s that oh so cosy niche that can become a prison though. Lol – get me, waxing lyrical!

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    • hehe, for some reason ‘pollyfiller’ and ‘waxing’ gave me the image of someone sitting crouched on the toilet lid furiously scribbling their opus 🙂

      Yeah, as much as it would technically be amazing to have all your time as ‘me time’ , I’ve seen too much of that time sending my friends too far the other way – I guess it’s all balance eh? I still think a three day minimum weekend could be workable though!

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