Writers Abroad Magazine 6 May 2017 - Page 15

WRITERS ABROAD MAGAZINE: THE THIRD SPACE Be careful that you do eat properly as you don’t want to be running on empty in the afternoon having got so stuck into your story that you forgot to eat. Be Selfish This sounds harsh, and I suppose it is, but sometimes the only way to get some writing done is to be selfish. You need time to write and while you are writing you can’t play with your children, you can’t watch television with your husband, you can’t meet a friend for coffee. You need to find time in the day, ideally every day, to write and in order to do that, you have to prioritise writing over other things. I have found myself turning down invitations, because they clash with when I can do some writing and I don’t want to give up that time. I think there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t turn down everything, end up with no friends, and nothing to refill your creative well. I know a lot of writers are introverts, but an evening with a good friend at the cinema or theatre can be just what you need sometimes to get the creative juices flowing again. Clock Image sourced from Flickr Photo by Laura Besley CEMETERY IN HONG KONG. TRADITIONALLY PEOPLE LIKE TO BE BURIED ON A HILL 14 | MAY 2017 WRITERS ABROAD MAGAZINE: THE THIRD SPACE Be careful that you do eat properly as you don’t want to be running on empty in the afternoon having got so stuck into your story that you forgot to eat. Be Selfish This sounds harsh, and I suppose it is, but sometimes the only way to get some writing done is to be selfish. You need time to write and while you are wr FpR6( BvFW"6G&VR6( BvF6FVWf6vFW W6&BR6( BVWBg&VBf"6ffVRRVVBFfBFRFRFFVǒWfW'FFw&FRB&FW"FFFBRfRF&&F6Rw&FpfW"FW"Fw2ऒfRfVBח6VbGW&rFvfFF2&V6W6RFW66vFvV6F6Rw&FrBF( BvBFvfRWFBFRFFW&^( 0Frw&rvFFB2r2RF( BGW&FvWfW'FrVBWvFg&VG2BFrF&VfW"7&VFfRvVrBbw&FW'0&RG&fW'G2'WBWfVrvFvBg&VBBFR6V"FVG&R6&RW7BvBRVVB6WFW2FvWBFR7&VFfRV6W2fvrv66vR6W&6VBg&fƖ6 F'W&&W6W4TUDU%rrE$DDŒTRĔRD$R%U$TBB#p