Monday, September 27, 2010


In thinking about today's post, I decided to look up the definition of sanctuary. Definitions always spark inspiration for me ... I pick the one that is most relevant and run with it.

So today's definition for sanctuary is: refuge: a shelter from danger or hardship (which I have to say, is a lot more applicable than chancel: area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing.) Just sayin'

Anyway, I know we talk a lot about finding a sanctuary for our writing, or in our writing. But, for me, my sanctuary IS the writing.

My life is hectic. I'm the first to admit it, and I'm the first to admit that it will always be that way. I can never turn away from taking on activities - whether it's being on the PTA board, co-authoring a blog, volunteering, taking on a freelance position, etc, etc, etc.

But, no matter how stressed I am, no matter how many deadlines I have to meet, I always find solace in my writing. It is my shelter from the chaos and the noise. It is my chance to shut the door, sit in silence, and set my creativity free. When I am fully engrossed in my writing, anything can happen. I think it's why I rarely have writer's block (but I guess that's a whole other post).

Writing is my time. I revel in the solitude of having me, my computer, and my thoughts.

Do you find refuge in writing?


  1. Well said Nikki! My crazy life is the reason I turned to writing in the first place. Great post!

  2. Wow, wish my sanctuary looked like that. :D

  3. YES! When I'm writing, it's like I can block out all the noise in my life. I have two jobs AND I'm taking graduate course, but when I'm actually writing, I feel no stress. I wish I could devote more time to it, but I'm happy with the small pockets of time I have now. :)

  4. Yes Yes and YES! Writing is like a hidey-hole I can slip into and just bury myself in a new world for hours.
    Awesome post!


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