Tamara Hughes writes historical romance and is the author of Tempting the Pirate (Released Jan. 2015): As violence and danger mounts on the high seas, Charity will have to put all her trust in the most untrustworthy of men...the arrogant pirate who just might steal her heart.
Crack an egg for inspiration? Tamara Hughes contemplates an unusual tip given by a life coach for more effective writing.
Many years ago, I attended a workshop where a writing/life coach suggested that when you first sit down to write, break an egg into a bowl. I wasn’t the only one in the class who thought this guy was nuts. Break an egg?
Yes, break an egg, shell and all, and then periodically stir it. Hmm, yeah…What? We were told the purpose of the egg trick was to make ours brains focus on writing instead of letting our minds wander. I guess the act of stirring the egg was in some way a reminder to stay in the present.
Along with many of my classmates, the problem I had with this was how I’d be wasting an egg. The lecturer soon was riddled with questions about if the shell really had to be mixed in, or if it could be discarded. That way, the egg could be used later. Maybe as an omelet, or scrambled eggs? But what if you write for hours? Would the egg still be good? Of course, then everyone in the class started talking about what recipes they could use to cook the egg once the writing was done. I don’t think the instructor was all that thrilled with us. To him, it was just one egg that could be thrown away because it had served its purpose. Ah, men and women obviously see things differently.
However, I did get his point. I just don’t want to waste an egg to achieve the goal. Instead, I’ll waste a candle. Not sure why this is better, but…I light a candle every time I sit down to write. It represents my writing time. When that candle is lit, I’m not supposed to think about what I’m going to make for supper or if I’ve forgotten to put pickles (or eggs) on my grocery list. It’s the time set aside for me and my writing, nothing else. Yes, easier said than done, but I’ve got to try. There’s also something less icky about looking at a candle flame vs. playing with a goopy egg.
So, egg or candle, the intent is still the same. A little weird, but usually pretty effective.