Moving, Movies & Writing

If you’ve moved, then I’m sure you’ve experienced the overall chaos in the weeks following – can’t find anything, tired of looking at boxes, can’t make a decision as to what window treatment will look best in the kitchen and you’ve got a discount rack set of tier curtains up that look like hell. But I digress. Add to that, a general feeling of being overwhelmed by where to start.

I’m sure there’a a self help book out there somewhere, or an organization guru that could help me, but my solution so far has been to shut the door on my new office (yay!) and keep writing.

Which brings me to my next point.

At times, writing a novel can feel a whole lot like moving. Even if you’ve got a plan. Even if you’ve got an outline.

The trick I think, is to embrace the chaos. (alternate words for chaos – yes, writing this post has prompted me to consult a thesaurus. These are my favorite: mobocracy, holy mess, lawlessness, pandemonium.)

And I do. Most days. (I also turn to the methods I’ve outlined in this post, 5+ Methods I’m Using to Writer Faster.)

My desk after a busy day in the writing cave

Amid said ‘mobocracy’, a quote from one of my favorite movies, Under the Tuscan Sun came to mind. Diane Lane, who’s also one of my favorite actresses, plays Frances Mayer, who’s reflecting on buyer’s remorse after having bought a villa in Tuscany:

“Pick one room and make it yours. Go slowly through the house. Be polite, introduce yourself so it can introduce itself to you.”
Such it is – not just with a new house, but I think, sometimes, with characters and plots and stories. Perhaps I, as the writer, need to take time to introduce myself so they can introduce themselves to me. Avoiding decision fatigue is key, which Monica Leonelle discusses brilliantly in her book, Write Better, Faster: How To Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day.

And just as Frances had to find her way back to writing, I sometimes find I have to take a step back to gain perspective, and know that some things reveal themselves in their own time.

BTW, I’ve just added Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes to my TBR pile. Though I’ve seen the movie at least a dozen times, I’m hoping by reading the book, I’ll stumble across some more pearls of wisdom as I unearth from the chaos surrounding me.

I’ll leave you with one more Under The Tuscan Sun quote, maybe even my favorite: “Never lose your childish enthusiasm, and things will come your way.” ~ Katherine

Now, I’ve just got to figure out a way to apply that enthusiasm to my unpacked boxes!


Rebecca E. Neely is an author, freelance writer, lover of spoon rings, diners, the Steelers & great reads.

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