Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thriving in the Chaos

I saw this quote today and absolutely loved the double meaning: "The wastebasket is a writer's best friend"—Isaac Bashevis Singer

Not only does it emphasize the importance of editing and trimming the proverbial fat from our prose, (an essential element of the process that I can't recommend enough), but it could also be a helpful reminder to, well, clean up our offices and writing nooks so they don't like this lady's.

I don't know about you, but sometimes when I'm feeling a little short on inspiration, rearranging my writing space (and getting rid of the clutter) is key to regaining my mojo. It could be just my nerdy, neat-freak nature, but I find the neater the space, the more productive I am.

And when I'm really low on new ideas, I might even switch the furniture around, light candles or add some new music to the situation, anything to keep those ideas coming fast and furiously.

So what works for you when inspiration is running a little low? Or do you actually thrive in the chaos?


  1. I'm a neat freak as well and DO NOT thrive in the chaos. My writing space is one end of the couch. I've just submitted a manuscript to a contest and am taking a break before pulling out an old piece and doing some rework.

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  2. Very, very cool, Sally. Nice to see you here. I can totally relate to your neat freakness, 'cause I'm the same way. Hope that contest goes well for you! Have a great weekend.