In an age where there is a constant stream of noise coming at you from every direction, it’s hard to find yourself sitting in total silence, away from the buzz of traffic or the TV, music or people walking by. In my own house, I have got into the habit of always having some noise in the background. The TV is almost always on. The Blackberry is at my side blinking angrily at me the minute a new text or email is in. (which is every few minutes).
I find myself sitting at the kitchen table in my mother’s house. The dogs are quiet. Everyone is still asleep. The sun is creeping up and I can tell it is going to be a beautiful day. What really strikes me is the total lack of noise. I can hear the faint twitter of birdsong in the garden and my own heart pounding in my ears, usually muffled by the constant interruption of technology.
Do you ever make time to just sit quietly and write? I confess, I rarely devote my pure attention to just the sound of my own typing. Better still, have you ever just spent some time out of your day just sitting quietly and thinking? No noise, no distractions, just the calm conversation that goes on inside your own head. It’s quite peaceful actually.
Next time you’re writing, shut everything else out. No family, no phone calls, no music no TV. Put a big “DO NOT DISTURB” sign up to the rest of the word and just write.
Here some things to write about:
1. Think of the time hen you were most peaceful. What were you doing?
2. Write a story about someone who finds themselves totally alone with no contact with any other living thing for a year. What do they do with their time?
3. Write a small scene where two children have taken a vow of silence. There’s something big at stake. What happens if one of them cracks first?
Have fun. Shhh…