It’s funny to me how many people write about being in the moment.
Writers are never truly in the moment because, when we have a moment, we’re thinking about writing that moment.
Take my Pause and Smell the Roses post. I was thoroughly enjoying that morning but then I came in and wrote about it. Ideas were floating around my head even as I sipped my coffee and watched the chipmunks.
Actually, I kind of felt like a chipmunk—savoring birdseed and suet while darting back and forth and running in circles. Because, really, that’s what I was doing—mentally running from the outdoors to the notebook in my head and back again.
It’s a crazy writer thing. It is.
Yet here I am, again, about to describe a lovely afternoon I experienced. Blue sky, butterflies, shapes in clouds, the whole nine yards. It was gorgeous and relaxing. Of course…I’m writing about it now.
I’m not exactly sure how this works, but, while I was appreciating sunshine and flowers, thoughts and words were buzzing in my brain.
Was I writing the entire time or did I actually get to pause and smell the roses?
My Sunday thoughts in 200 words or less.
Are you able to truly be in the moment? (Think about this for a minute…) And, if you are, do you write about it after?