The Writing Seesaw

There are days when the pen flies across page after page, my fingers numb from trying to keep up with the thoughts welling like a newly burst spring.  Then there are the other days when it doesn’t matter how I try, I just cannot will my fingers to write a word.  Those are the days I revert to my thinking tasks.  I have several, and I am glad of these times because without the stale writing moments I don’t think much housework would get done.  The best one is mopping the floors.  No, I don’t understand it either.  When I’m driving I get inspiration from the view; walking the dog the same; ironing usually inspires me from a tactile point of view or because I’m listening to music or watching the news.  But mopping the floor?  Perhaps it is the smell of floor cleaner or maybe the very act of cleaning has the effect of a subconscious spring clean and the fog is wiped away.

Whatever it is, however it works, floor mopping energises my thought processes and the last scene I’d written slowly unfolds in my mind; characters develop and take on a more three-dimensional form, as I wring the lank strands of the mop-head the story fleshes out and moves onto another scene, dialogue and glimpses of intrigue feed themselves in between each swipe of the mop.

Then, invariably, the dog is brought back from her walk, the floor reverts back to its grungy state, but I don’t care as my mind is now flooded with phrases, arguments, words, words, words and I smile and wave away my daughter’s apologies.  After all, I can keep cleaning the floor but the words in my head won’t stay forever.


About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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One Response to The Writing Seesaw

  1. Catana says:

    Anything that takes your mind away from the immediacy of the keyboard and screen allows you to shake off the implicit demand to be productive. There’s apparently scientific proof that walking helps the mind break out of whatever prison it’s currently in.

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