For the last month or so, I’ve had the luxury of time and a much slower pace of life. But recovering from major surgery requires rest and no physical exertion. Instead, I’ve been exerting my imagination.
Besides collecting raw material, my hospital stay and recuperation at home have given me quiet, uninterrupted time to think. It is absolutely amazing to have that quiet. No pressure. No stress. This is what vacations are supposed to provide, no?
This time could hardly be called a vacation. With all the quiet time, I’ve been able to think through the short story I began back in July and realize that it needs to begin in a different way, and draft the beginning in my head. New ideas pop into my mind daily in the quiet. And I’ve had a lot more time to read.
Writers need uninterrupted quiet time to think. Others may look at us askew when we’re thinking, staring at the computer screen or out the window, appearing to do nothing precisely at the time we’re working the hardest.