The Write Time

When I’m given time, I dawdle.

I’ve got about two hours while my family goes and does an outdoor event, but here I am, at a Starbucks, starting several different pieces with no direction—no forethought.

Something pops into my mind and, yes!

I should stop everything I’m doing to write that out!

It’s like the idea that sprung to mind mid-sleep a few days ago, and I woke to write it down. This “far-fetched”, completely unlike my normal style of writing idea that I didn’t want to take for granted.

I can’t remember if it was inspired by a dream or by something I’d watched, or from a movie trailer I thought sucked and I thought I could stem something “better” from it.

Anyhow, I brought the concept up to a few people and they all thought it was too outlandish—too difficult to connect with.

The stubborn part of me wants to prove them wrong, but the busy mom part laughs in Stubborn’s face, telling her to get real and poses the question of whether I’ll actually go through with it or not. . .

Much like the three or so novels I was so pumped about and story mapped and started writing, and now they all sit in Scrivener files, collecting megabyte dust.

Get real.

But I’ll never stop trying.

Maybe that’s what all this start-start-starting is.

It’s a writer who doesn’t write enough, finally getting some time to write and all the things she wants to let out burst and bubble and pop into mind, all at the same time.

I used to be so good.

I used to keep a notebook with all my ideas in them. Then I got into minimalism and a more “zero waste” lifestyle, and now my bag weighs a ton and I don’t carry my Ideas Notebook around anymore…

There’s always something, isn’t there?

Oh, well. I’ll keep trying.

I’m good for that.

Maybe I’ll never sit down and focus, but I’ll never give up trying to.

All right, one hour and thirty minutes left to go…


I’m Sara Eatherton-Goff, a non-fiction and fiction writer, visual artist, and entrepreneur mom-person currently writing on Medium and other publications. Check out some of my collective works on my website, and join my Creative Community for a weekly update, story share, and more.

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