Writing is by nature a solitary and usually indoor occupation. Which means that Spring, with its cotton candy clouds, Tiffany blue skies, and bright yellow daffodils and forsythia popping up, is a major distraction.
Rob Sanders blogged last week about writing in the in-between times. Spring is definitely an in-between time. Do you need a coat or sandals? Umbrella or sunscreen? Knit cap or straw hat? Beyond fashion, though, Spring is also a time of in-between projects and revision – at least for me. While I often have a couple of manuscripts going at once (so I always have something to write), Spring seems to find me frequently at a crossroads between deadlines and the demands of a particular manuscript.
Weather and the calendar conspire to interrupt a steady writing schedule. The urge to feather my nest anew and the need to spring clean distract me from my desk. Perhaps a change in venue is required?
Lately, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time crossing town on the bus to and from my physical therapy appointments. (Fortunately, that’s about to come to an end!) Each time I pass an impressive facade belonging to the New York Society Library. Obviously a subscription library, rather than part of the NYPL system, it calls to me. But I’ve never stopped and gone in.
In a burst of serendipity, my husband came home from a rare evening with friends to tell me that he’d found a place where I might enjoy writing. (The local public library, while excellent, has too few chairs and tables. And I’ve never been a Starbucks habitué.) The magic spot? The New York Society Library. Apparently, though the library is private, the public can use the reading and reference room on the first floor. A little research spurred by his friend’s mention that the subscription was “reasonable” led me to find that membership to the New York Society Library is indeed within budgetary reach.
I may just have to combat this year’s burst of spring fever by packing up my notebooks and laptop, walking across Central park, and trying out this new place to write. How about you? What do you do to avoid succumbing to Spring?