Office Hours of One’s Own

Into every writer’s life a little structure must fall, as without structure and dedication to the process of hard work, time passes and there is little progress and a growing sense of lethargy and low self regard.

Virginia Woolf’s extended essay, “A Room of One’s Own” is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy. Dominating influences on writers working from a home today, male or female, come in the shape of texts, to do lists, house work, gardening, dogs, cats, Facebook, updates to websites, and ever present deep creative wavering thoughts, day dreams and illusions of grandeur. While patriarchy may or may not still play it’s part, the writer must only look directly into a mirror to see the source of her malaise. It is then she must take charge. Yes, into every writer’s life a little structure must fall, a little space, and a large amount of inner wrestling with the will.

September is a good time to establish a new routine. Or re-establish an old one.

Lesley-Anne Evans, Poet

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am – 12 noon

All emails, phone calls, texts, to do lists, and networking to occur outside office hours. Some flexibility in this schedule may be required should emergencies occur, or appointments, or really really great coffee dates.

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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