Anyone who has ever had to write an essay for school, a dissertation for uni, a quarterly report for their boss, reply to an email you are not excited about, or write thank you letters as a child, knows how hard it can be to write. To get motivated to write, to start writing, to have the confidence to begin. For writers of blogs, short stories or books, procrastination and crippling self doubt can prevent us starting or completing projects.
But writing isn’t always hard. If your boss sends you an email asking you a straightforward question- the answer to which will make you look good, or praises you for something, that can be easy to reply to immediately. Likewise a text that makes you cross can initiate a defensive reply before you’ve even thought it through properly.
And sometimes, sometimes writing is easy: Like this blog; when I have something to say, the words just fall out. And I’ve been working on my book, and enjoying it. Yes it is also hard, when it gets long and I am unsure of the order, realise I have repeated myself, have to move things around. But when I am just writing, feeling well, feeling happy, and writing because I want to, well then that makes me so very, very happy.
Yesterday morning my husband and I had a walk on the beach then breakfast (a beautiful fruit salad) eaten looking out onto the beach. Then I wrote for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. Later my husband read it, we talked, added notes and new ideas, then went out for dinner. It was so perfect, I felt like one of those proper writers you read about who have a regular routine and everything or like Ian Fleming (writer of the James Bond books) who used to live in paradise in Hawaii and swim each morning before sitting down to write.
Okay so I am back… ‘Don’t do your boom and bust,’ my husband said. ‘I won’t,’ I said, ‘Look, I’m fine, I’m having a break, I’m not doing anything… I’m sitting still… (But I am super excited!).’ ‘I can tell,’ he said.
Here are some photos of my current living quarters:
I am making the most of the luxurious, quiet easiness, and the sea breeze, before Saturday night when we will be going on an eight-hour sleeper coach to Hampi, where it is 40°C. Be brave, Rachel.
Thank you very much for reading.
PS, a word about money. Our beach hut costs around £10 a night. Cheaper ones are available at around £7-8, and hostels cost around £4 a night. My step son’s return flight London to Delhi cost around £525, mine and my husband’s one way flights London to Delhi cost around £735. This morning my husband and I had a nice breakfast in one of the nicer beach front restaurants for around £7.50. Last night the three of us ate at a simpler, local place off the beach, we pigged out a bit and had more than we could eat, for about £11.