There's never a really perfect time to write. Some people envision a quiet cottage on the beach, or a secluded room with a desk, good lighting and endless coffee as company. Sure, there are variables that might enhance the writer's experience, but the reason that we get writing is found even beyond a particular 'state of mind'.
There should be, for everyone who wants to be a serious writer, serious about their writing, a switch, a space in your mind that you can retreat to or go to, when it is time to write.
Create that attitude. Cultivate that space.
Writing is creative reward, and shared expression.
Writing is cathartic and oceanic. It allows you to isolate thoughts or allow them to be part of something greater. The bigger picture is made manifest here.
Writing is prayer and contemplation.
Writing is conversation and release.
To Write, to love to write or to hate writing and do it anyway to the best of your ability, is to take a glimpse into Eternity. And to be addicted to the Journey.
Shafinaaz is a sociologist, artist and poet based in Johannesburg, SA. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and fiction, and has been listed in HayFestival's Africa39 category of top 39 authors in Africa under the age of 40 at the London Book Fair 2014. Also see www.shafinaaz.co.za
I write. As I must. Words are my paints of expression on an otherwise bland canvas, my rollercoasters of delight on otherwise dreary roads. Entertainment or derision, they manifest in my varied states of being. Until theres silence. Even then, theres a dialogue of sorts that continues... in spirit? Who knows..