Silence offers itself unconditionally, and yet, many of us struggle to claim it. We feel guilty taking time away from our other obligations, but it is a simple truth that we cannot be writers unless we write.
So what do you do to allow for more silence in your life? More peace? You acknowledge that need, of course, and then you reach out for it, beginning as we do in all things, with small steps. You could start your day by going to the window for a few moments to watch the sunrise, or find a comfortable spot to relax and write a paragraph or two in your notebook. After coming home from work, you might decide to take a short walk before pulling out the pots and pans to start dinner. And from there, you go on to carving out bigger blocks of time—setting aside two hours in the morning to write, taking two or three evening solo trips each week to a coffeehouse to work on your poetry. You plan weekend writing retreats, alone and with friends.
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