It's been almost one hundred years since Virginia Woolf said, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write...". We still fall back onto this antiquated excuse. We don't allow ourselves to write because we focus on the material things we think are necessary for a writer: a desk, the latest computer, maybe even an MFA. Getting all of those things cost money, so we focus on making the money so someday we can buy the things we need to write. So we work for money, but we don't write because we feel that our time would be better spent doing "real work". That way, we can save money for an extended vacation where we will sit on the beach, writing our Great American Novel longhand, or we will rent a cabin in the mountains and our poetry will be inspired by the majestic trees reaching to the sky. After all, everyone knows we need a big space and a fat bank account to write, right?
“Everybody knows it because Virginia Woolf said it... But I’ve written five books, edited three anthologies, published hundreds of articles and short stories, and put out thirty-five issues of my zine without either one. If I’d waited for money and a room, I’d still be an unpublished welfare mom…” --Ariel GoreExcuse Editor Tips: Print your Own Money, Break in to your New Room
- Be your own Mint: Your writing has a worth that transcends money. By creating more and more, you are becoming wealthy with words. Focus on the creation, the fine tuning of your own currency. Print out your writing as payment for a job well done. Edit your writing with a counterfeiter's precision so that others will see your creation's true worth. Be generous with your Written Currency. Send it out often so its exchange rate becomes comparable with the money in your wallet. You will feel better about spending your time writing if you give yourself a chance to earn money from it.
- Breach your own Borders: Your room is unlimited, every place you find yourself is your writing space. The busy library, crowded bookstore or energetic coffee shop can become a room of your own, just with visitors. Feed off the energy of these real-life characters if today's writing area happens to be standing room only. Tomorrow, your room could be at your kitchen table, with only your cup of coffee to keep you company. Claim that room as well. Your pen and notebook bestow titles to a constant stream of Writing Properties. Now you are a Writing Room Mogul.