One more view of the lake at Annaghmakerrig. Clouds floating on the water.
Last day. Last thoughts. It’s been a busy, productive, inspirational, challenging month. I’ve advanced a long way through my novel, largely
because I’ve had the space and time to just think without interruption. They say that a truly committed author can write anywhere and under any circumstances, and while that may be true, there are definitely little pockets of nurture in the world that can help the process. And changing the normal routine can give the imagination a necessary jolt. I’m ready to go home now and finish what I’ve started.
I’ve always known that writing, for me, is not a fertile field to be ploughed day after day. Sometimes no matter how I try all I turn up is
rocks and those strangling weeds that hold on for grim death. But being here, and speaking to other writers, this ebb and flow of creativity seems to be a universal theme. And the consensus of what to do about it? Within limits, indulge it. If the flat times don’t happen too often just turn to something else for the day: read, walk, listen to music. Don’t fight it and hopefully the next days writing will have a renewed vigour.
Of course if this happens every second day then there might be more serious problems than just a natural ebb and flow. And there is something to be said for just applying the bottom to the office chair and persisting. It’s such a riddling business with no easy answers. And
sometimes I think if the answers do come easily, then I must be doing something wrong.
All of Ireland is suffering financially at the moment. The fact that centres like Tyrone Guthrie are still so well attended says a lot about
the value that creative people place on them. Ireland itself seems to esteem its writers and artists and this is vital I think for morale in
general. It implies that there are things more important than money. That the wealth of a nation can legitimately be bolstered by poems,
stories, novels, music and art. It’s a very good sign in a world where bad signs abound.