Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Whatever Helps . . . To Get the Writing Done
Beverly Cleary, 95, author of the Ramona books and many others, writes:
"When I am writing a book I also enjoy ironing, an idiosyncrasy that probably makes me sound more domestic than I really am. Working with my hands frees my imagination."
After three delete all sessions and staring at the blinking cursor, I got out the old metal ironing board, pushed it open, and locked it into place. My writing companion cats skidded for shelter, puffed and shedding. Not a good sign.
I will take a short break, I told myself, and iron a blouse.
Okay, done. No aha moments. No breakthroughs. Sigh.
Hmm. Suddenly, I remember a rumpled shirt of my husband's. Opening his closet I am struck by the center-stage placement of the two suits he wears only to weddings and funerals--his everyday clothes jammed in the corner. No wonder he's a sartorial mess.
Fast Forward: His closet looks like the OCD fairy waved her wand: short-sleeved shirts stand at attention--like marching soldiers--all facing the same direction, neatly pressed, top button buttoned. Open my closet: more of same.
But the chapter I was writing?
Fast Forward Again: I have put the ironing board away, especially since it quickly became home to piles of manilla files, bills, and magazines.
At last, I have found a spark, an image. Yes. Back to the computer and the project, cats by my side.
My mother and Ironing:
Posted by Carol Henderson at 12:26 PM
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