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#SoCS – Still is the answer, what was the question?


I find it incredibly hard to sit still. Especially when I’m trying to write. If I’m not getting up to get something I’m playing a mindless game on the computer because my brain just can’t handle, most of the time, the intense thought processes it has to go through to get what’s on it, on the screen. I need time to fully picture what I’m going to write before I write it. Once I have that picture I can go – and sometimes, yes, I’ll look up from the screen and realize it’s gotten dark outside without my noticing. Or, “Oh, look at that. I missed dinner time. No wonder I’m hungry.” This is, of course, only when I’m alone. Which is the best time for me to get anything done anyway.

I have a hard time sitting still but I wish my weight reflected that. Normally when I think of someone who’s always on the go I think of a person who is as skinny as a rail. Not me. Which proves that there’s no such thing as a stereotype where busyness is concerned. Then again, usually when I write and I have to distract myself, I end up in the kitchen…

The word “still” bugs me sometimes. At my most stressful times I’m usually saying “I still have to do this,” or “I still have to do that.” There’s always something I still have to do. I never get to the end of the damned “to do” list. That could have something to do with why I’m not sure my manuscript will ever be finished. There’s always a point I want to change or something I want to fix. Perfection must be achieved! Which I know sucks, but I don’t want to be criticized for something I could have fixed but didn’t.

Maybe instead of making my own wine (at the wine store) I’ll eventually end up with my own still in the basement. It may be the cure for all my stress. And hey, I can just pass out down there. That’ll keep me still.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

12 thoughts on “#SoCS – Still is the answer, what was the question?

  1. I don’t believe there is any such thing as perfect when it comes to writing. At some point, it’s time for an editor to look at it. Although in these days of self-publishing, sometimes there isn’t one to be had…


  2. As I am new in the neighbourhood, might I drop by with anything you could use for that still! I’m still unpacking, and there must be something still to unwrap.
    She wraps up, “Still reading the “stills.” But wait if stills are frames from a moving film . . .”


  3. I’m sorry that you have trouble sitting still and that you have difficulty writing until you have the full idea in your head. Hope things get better. 🙂


  4. Wait a minute – aren’t you gone in two days?


  5. Maybe you need still wine…


  6. You tied into the prompt beautifully. I liked the reference to the still as well. Still continue to seek balance.


  7. Your title immediately brought to my mind the death bed words of Gertrude Stein: “So that’s the answer! But, I forgot the question.” I agree that we need many times of quiet (not permanently) to just visit with ourselves.


  8. I had to learn to be still, and here of late, I’ve decided that if I’m too still, I feel a sense of foreboding paralysis. So, being too still, and never stopping are both bad, and I STILL seek balance!


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