Writing = life = writing


Our Robin’s Round homework for May, 2022: “What are your favorite things to do when you need to get away from stalled writing? Does it help you to resume with new ideas on the book you are writing?”

When I wrote this, I was immensely busy, immersed in campaigning in the Australian elections 48 hours a day, so I needed to keep this brief. (By the way, we have managed to get rid of Australia’s worst Prime Monster ever, and replaced him with a decent Prime Minister.)

My life hasn’t got compartments, but strands that plait together. As I’ve written previously, when I am pounding the keyboard, I’m recording what Little Bob, who hides inside my mind, has already written.

The actual creative process needs me to have a life as well, hence my title.

But also, writing = writing. If I had the time, one of my projects would be to convert Bill, the hero of my Doom Healer series, into a smartass.

So, OK, I am working on this revision. If I reach a previously serious passage and want to introduce a comment that’ll either raise a laugh or raise the eyebrows, I might switch to my book on grief, working title If You Have Lost a Loved One. So far, I have managed to avoid accidentally including the smartass comment in the grief book.

Oh, last month I’ve set out the reason for making Bill into a humourist of note.

As I am squeezing in the time to write this, I am three weeks post-op. The surgeon told me: “No exercise, except for walking.” Normally, bike riding and weight pumping are among the activities that allow Little Bob to write for me. So, instead, I’ve been walking: letterboxing an average of two hours a session. This is a perfectly good mental unblocker.

Finally, I shall reveal a deep and guilty secret. When I need time to think by not-thinking about things, I play chess against my computer, Sudoku, or FreeCell.

Blush.

There you have it. If you want to adopt my writing method, live life to the full, and plait the writing into it. Please let me know what you think of my brief rave, then visit the ladies whose links are listed below:
Rhobin Courtright
A.J. Maguire
Skye Taylor
Connie Vines
Anne Stenhouse
Diane Bator

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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10 Responses to Writing = life = writing

  1. Skye-writer says:

    I confess, when I need a non-thinking break, I do play sudoku or Words with Friends (I tell myself the first keeps my aging mind sharp and the second keeps my vocabulary fresh) But walking is always a good break for both my mind and my body. I applaud your dedication to working out – I hate working out just for the sake of exercise. I’d rather paint and entire three story house moving ladders and staging etc than spend an hour in a gym.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Oh, I haven’t been in a gym for over 50 years. Why should I pay money I don’t have to drive a car I don’t want to use when I can do it at home?
      I like to keep accurate records of performance, and ensure I work every major muscle group, and all the other delightfully obsessive habits of an exercise junkie.
      🙂

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  2. Rhobin says:

    So many mind plaits weaving together! It seems little Bob, Doctor Bob, and today’s Bob work very well together. The mind and experience make wonderful stories.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Rhobin. Then there is Grandfather Bob, who is the ruler of them all. If I could play music, we could be a chamber music ensemble.

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  3. ajmaguire says:

    It looks like many of us get out and walk these days!
    For the game thing — I want to say Diana Gabaldon does the Solitaire, or used to, so don’t blush. It’s a legitimate “make your mind focus on something else” tactic.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you! Actually, a further revelation: I am completely shameless. The guilt trip is fictional — but then we are storytellers.
      🙂
      Bob

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  4. Hi Bob, I, too, hope the post op continues to go well. I, too, like to tackle a puzzle to give the brain something quite different to think about at its active level. That leaves the subconscious to get on with the plot… Anne

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  5. Don Lubov says:

    Good to see you’re on the mend.D

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thanks Don. Actually, I reckon I was fully healed in 3 weeks, but multifarious experts (surgeon, physical therapist, son) all warned me of the consequences of having the mesh over my hernia move, so I’ve been a good boy. I’ve started on the long, slow climb back to strength and fitness. Will probably reach my previous level before the end of the century.
      🙂

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