“Sometimes we feel as if we’ll never master the art of writing because we are so enmeshed in daily life. We sandwich writing, reading or walking in between work, family and chores, and nothing gets done. There is no continuity or development. We imagine what it is to be a writer and assume that is different from how we are. We come to believe that we will never know how to do it, even if we have the time and opportunity. We are afraid of the solitude and the concentration we believe may be required.”
–Deana Metzger, Writing for Your Life
With words, create a yearlong sabbatical in which the perfect conditions to support your creativity exist. The world and circumstances you create can be anywhere, in any time and space. But they must include deep solitude. For the sake of this exercise, imagine, as Deena Metzger suggests in her wonderful book, Writing for Your Life, that your current life will remain completely whole, intact and unchanged, in a sort of suspended animation, while you go on your writing sabbatical. So you will lose nothing. You simply get to step out of your current reality and create a year devoted to your deepest self and creativity. When you return, everything will be the same.