“I can write at work?”

Well… maybe not in the way that you’re used too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

My “real life” job is as a boiler and refrigeration operator for a government facility, and in the summer things can be pretty slow, which means general maintenance jobs are a part of my day.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t enjoy mopping mechanical room floors, but it does allow my mind to wander and that’s an important tool.

For me, if I can allow my body to go into autopilot, my mind can disengage from the real world for a while and skip down the narrow hallways of my mind. This is a perfect time for me to explore a world in which I have a story placed, maybe that town I mention in a previous story now features in a new one. Perhaps an idea that had been flitting around like a bird finally sits still long enough for me to get a good look at it and “capture” it.

I used to beat myself up for being too tired to write in the evenings after a long physical day, but now I realize that “wool gathering” can also be an important part of the process and lays the groundwork for when I do have the time to put pencil to paper.

Writing can be with us throughout our day, we just need to “find” it.

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One thought on ““I can write at work?”

  1. Jobs like mopping, shovelling, washing the dishes or mowing the grass are perfect for fleshing out ideas. And with a phone in the pocket, one click can give us a mic to record it and continue on our way. I’ve dreamt up a lot of characters and plots while washing dishes. For me though, the difficult part is turning the imagination off. I can be having tea with friends and a comment or scene outside the window will trigger a story idea.

    Writing: it’s the only profession you can do anywhere at any time.

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