Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why Wednesday: Laying the Sub-Floor

Even though slivers of sunshine pour through my blinds and the coffee is ready, I'm not in a hurry-get-to-my-writing-place kind of mood.  My shoulders and neck are already sore from days of typing, reading and revising. I keep puttering around from one mundane task to another. I'm putting off the inevitable. There is a high probability that my ass may be all that get's a work out today. 

Today my kitchen and bathroom floors are being replaced. For the last hour I've listened as they pound and scrape to pull up the old flooring and sub-floor. In some places entire pieces of sub-flooring needed replacing. It is work intensive. I'm so relieved we didn't decide to do it ourselves I'm sure it would have taken us at least a month!

It occurred to me that the careful attention to the preparation of the sub-floor before the final product is laid is vital to a quality finished look. A strong base at the beginning of my day can be the difference between pulling all my hair out and yanking only a few strays between paragraphs. 

Stephen King said, "There is indeed a half-wild beast that lives in the thickets of each writers imagination." He goes on to explain that being in the clearing when the beast decides to emerge is about putting in the time. Time reading, writing, thinking, dreaming, all activities that you must do alone. 

Things that get me to the clearing:
  • Cup of Joe or Tea. 
  • Read
  • Journal
  • Get dressed, wash my face, brush my teeth. (Not necessary when I am running to the computer spraying word sparks from my fingertips.)
  • Take a walk.
  • Sit on my ass. (There is no getting around this.)
What gets you to your clearing?


  1. Emotion and mental states--anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, doubt. When I just need to vent or escape using writing.

    Tossing It Out

  2. Music!
    Yeah, never attempt to lay a floor by yourself.

  3. Hmmm. Emotions. Music. Walking.

  4. Hope the floor-laying has gone smoothly.

    Hmm, I'm in the process of trying to get a writing routine going, so I can hit my daily word target early in the morning while my mind is fresh. I come up with a lot of my inspiration as I do my early morning chores, so I'm trying to time my writing for straight after the chores so I can put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) while those thoughts are fresh in my mind.

  5. Lots of great ideas! Rachael, The writer Joanna Trollope's routine is very similar. She said, "I try and have the dog walked, the wash in the machine and the post opened before I sit down to write. I'm not good with writing with disorder all about."


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