For last night's Gwrych Creative Writing group I had planned to do an exercise called "Stolen Moments" and was going to discuss this busy season of Christmas/December and how we need to find stolen moments to unwind and regroup as writers somehow. Well no one turned up for the group and my husband wasn't coming home till around the time the group was supposed to finish so I had over an hour all to myself. Now there were loads of things I could have done - jobs that needed doing - but instead I curled up on the couch with dog and cat and read. It was very much what I needed to regroup myself.
Too often, especially as women, we fill our times with doing chores, pleasing others, fitting in around other routines and we neglect both our craft of writing and our need to do nothing. There is a lot about in regard to filling time wisely but I am of the age when we used to fill our time unwisely. We'd go for bike rides, climb trees, hang out with friends, sit in a cafes for ages with one coke in front of us, etc. Even for writers too often we have to admire the woman who runs her home, raises a family and writes her novel. Oh and sometimes has a job as well as all that. Yes that is to be admired. In fact I think that is amazing. But I also think we need to find time just to ponder, to look out the window, to let our creativity poddle. We need time to read if we are going to be good writers. Reading is a task that so often does get left until those "stolen moments". To be honest I would not have read if I had not been given that time but the lack of people coming. I would have finished the workshop, chat with hubby, then gone to bed. In fact because of having that "stolen moment" I felt rejuvenated and not as tired.
It is joked about with those I know but I do keep saying my new year resolution for 2019 will be to prioritise stillness and reading and writing, then put the events in my life in the spaces left rather than the other way round. As with all things I am working on the principle that if I tell enough people then they will keep me accountable
Have a great Christmas and find lots of stolen moments in the busyness