Monday, May 17, 2010

I need solitude

Am I the only one in the world who doesn't want to be plugged in to electrical devices at every moment? Today I find myself not being able to stir up the creative juices to write. After pondering my dilemna for the last hour and searching my soul for something insightful to write about, I've come to the conclusion that I can only write when I have had some quality "alone time". I need time to gather my thoughts. It doesn't work to try to invent something that I am not feeling from my heart and soul.

I need solitude.

I need reflection time.

I need some uninterrupted time from the chime of the text messages, email notifications, and cell phones. Sometimes I can't decide if our constant communication in this world is worth it. We barely allow ourselves time to think.

I've always been a person who needed more solitude than others. I used to sit in my bedroom as a child for hours and write and read and ponder life. I find that it is still the same for me. I need to sit outside and read a book, listen to the birds chirp in the trees, and go into that place in my head that only I know. Then, and only then, will I be able to write today.

So, I am heading outside. We have our glorious Colorado sunshine back. The grass is green, the sky is blue, and my lounge chair awaits.

Peggy McNeal

3 comments: said...

I am an alone time needer too! It is so hard...especially with little ones around! But I am slowly trying to gain some peace back!


Kristina said...

Three small noisy kids = writing much less than I used to and a lot more difficulty with creativity in the short moments of alone time I get. And your point about the interruptions of technology - that's one of the reasons I still don't have a cell phone! (I know, inevitably some day I will...)

Kristin said...

Writing is an art that can't be forced. Which is why I suck at deadlines ;)

And yeah - solitude is totally needed for writing!