"Travel, undertaken with mindfulness, can be a powerful vehicle for personal transformation." ~ Joseph Dispenza, The Way of the Traveler
If you're like me, you rush to the computer or notepad whenever time allows. You type story snippets into emails to yourself at work and scribble them on napkins during your lunch break. We write like mad because there's other things to do: the job, the family, the dinner.
What would happen if, maybe once or twice a week, we were able to slow down and savor our writing time? Trust me, I dream about this. Waking up slowly, blogging a bit, sitting down to my in-desperate-need-of-edits novel and taking my time to blot out extraneous adjectives and tighten up narrative. Why is it such an elusive pipe dream?
Everyone has heard that if you can't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone else. It's true. What if we treated writing this way? I mean, if we don't respect our writing, how will we ever respect someone Else's? Deeper still, if we don't respect our writing, will anyone else?
Even if you have 5 minutes to eek out a few words, pay attention to them. Really pay attention. Why are you writing that? Why did you protagonist do that? I'm not saying we should question the revolution of the planet, but to simply pay attention to what's going on in your story.
I'm guilty of taking story for granted. I tend to breeze through the "sides" to get to the "main course". Guess what? It's all meat and potatoes. It has to be while we're writing it. If we treat every word we write with care, it will show in the finish product. Even if all the reader tastes is gravy ;)