|Posted by Markelle Grabo on August 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM|
Today marks my fifth day at Loyola University Chicago. Classes start tomorrow. Thus far, I've been occupied with fun Welcome Week activities, meeting new people, and managing a life away from home. This leaves little time for writing. However, I have made several attempts. The first was in my dorm room. I had some free time, so I decided to open up the file containing Book 7 of the Journey into the Realm series and have at it.
It didn't go so well.
I'm a "comfort zone" writer. I'm inspired by my setting. Places like my room at home, a cozy local Starbucks, and my summer campground have fueled hours of productive writing time. In my dorm room, even with all my little fantasy pewter figurines lined up in a row and cheering me on, I couldn't find the inspiration. I wrote a few paragraphs and promptly gave up.
I tried again in the second floor lounge. Although I was frequently distracted by an episode of Law and Order: SVU (I mean, how could you not be?!), the open space actually helped. I found myself loosening up a bit more. Not enough to shell out chapter after chapter, but it was progress.
The end result? Well, I'm sure once I get used to college life and my anxiety lets up, I'll be able to write more than a few pages. But I doubt with all my classes and activities that I'll have large periods of time where I can just sit and write. While the thought of this depresses me a little, I can still look forward to trips home when I can briefly forget education and return to my own Realm of fantasy. And since I plan to be writing for the rest of my life, four years of interruptions can't be all that bad.
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