Writing

The Writing Habitat

Yes, the time has come for me to go on another rant about my writing. I’d just finished watching Schindler’s List, and am seriously considering my secret ambition of one day writing a historical fiction. (What can I say? WWII is the era in history that has been my love since grade one.) I also regrettfully recall my relunctance at playing Jerusalem of Gold over and over again for a concert for a very important person. But how does one maintain sanity of mind when you are ordered to rehearse it for the milionth of time?

Anyhow, since I have currently set myself on blogging about my writing for one week and anything else concerning writing (mainly books) for the other, you are invited to consider just what a writing habitat is.

According to the National Geographic, a habitat is: A place where an organism makes its home. A habitat meets all the environmental conditions an organism needs to survive.

Notice the word survive. It’s vital. It’s centric to life itself. So a writing habitat would translate into: A place where a writer makes its home. A habitat meets all the environmental conditions a writer needs to survive.

Wow. I actually never considered this in my life.

Obviously, the next question we are begged to ask is, “Where on earth does a writing habitat exist?” And to answer that question, I am forced to face the reality that two kinds of answer should be given, where one is definitively the answer we all seek, and the other a practial advise.

I. Akogare (a-ko-ga-re)

This means “wish”, “what you wished were true”, or “someone/thing you look up to”. In the stricest sense, I am merely using this as a whole feel, and what I mean is this: It is the exact type of environment that would empower you to smash out 10+K a day. (Don’t say it’s impossible. That was me on the last day of NaNoWriMo last year.) It’s the kind of place where you can’t help it but dwell in that best writer mode where words practically drip from your fingers to paper/screen. Note that for every writer, this would differ.

For me specifically, this writing habitat would contain a small yet airy room with a sunny window, a small couch and desk (to use as storage), walls lined with books so that the room feels overflowing with them, and a complete sound system that blasts “Heist Music”–or the playlist of classical music and Vocaloid that I listen to when I write. Time is not an issue here due to the automatic time turner installed. And absolutely NO FAMILY MEMBERS ALLOWED. I don’t know about you, and it’s not like I don’t not hate them (double, nay, triple negative!), but they are the number one source of distraction. Truly I advise you, if you wish to accomplish naught but to increase your morning heaedache and misery, bring out the worst side of yourself that had been stashed underneath your bed, or simply curse the day your writing life began, invite your family into the space you are writing in. *The omnious silence enuses*

For the Akogare to work out, you must first eliminate all distractions and fill up the habitat with all the things that gives you pure joy. Yes, that is right. In such an environment, it is very much possible to run on the sole power of Favourite Things alone.

II. Genjitsu (ge-nn-ji-tsu)

And here is the reality. In reality, the habitat is riddled with dangerous predators and natural disasters like intruders, distractions, and dried up wells of inspiration. Or simply no room at all. It is the impossible blank paper/screen staring up at you in a room full of screaming people in the background. (Okay, my siblings are not that bad, but sometimes it seems so.) In Genjitsu, you are dissuaded from writing as soon as you set your mind to do it. Perhaps you don’t even have the bare minimum to write with.

But let me assure you, my dear comrade. All hope is not lost even if you don’t have that perfect writing schedule, room, or even habitat. The writing habitat, thankfully, is everywhere. You simply have to retain your writing drive no matter what.

The most practial way to accomplish setting up your writing habitat is this: To marry the two sets of writing habitats. Try to have that one space you can call an Akogare, and also retain the Genjitsu by forcing yourself to write everyday, anywhere. Because what can I say? Writing is hard. It’s not always roses and sunshine and inspiration guiding you to the next best seller, but rather sweat, blood, and simply grunt work. Alwith, it’s always good to have some roses and sunshine and inspiration to get you back up when you feel like you are broken and dry. So snag a blanket or steal a couch. Find a sunny patch on the floor that you can cuddle in. And for a few moments, ignore some people (with the intent on apologizing later), since sometimes it’s important to maintain homeostatis between writing and life. Writing is life for me.

In the end, a writing habitat is no more or less than the state of mind or a way of thought. It’s that mindset that you simply write, whenever, wherever you are…and sometimes refueling with Favourite Things. I hope, dear comrades, that you would find your style of “writing habitat”. Till next time!

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