My Beautiful and Slow Life as a Writer
I am utterly and passionately in love with slow living. My slow life as a writer can be hard, but it is wonderfully beautiful. I have come a long way from the old, fast-paced life that I used to live. But in this present moment, I would never look back. There has never been a time where I regret embracing the slow life as a writer.
Many people often ask me what my daily life looks like, what my routine is and whether I have a schedule. The truth is, I have no schedule. For the way I used to live my life was very systematic, and it drained me of all the beauty and enjoyment of my days. Through which, in this post I will share with you what my day to day looks like as a writer.
Day In The Slow Life As a Writer
I wake up early every morning, to the glorious melody of birds singing outside by the roses in my garden. I spend time in prayer, and bask in the quiet presence of God before I begin my day. Then once I finish getting ready, I take my time in having breakfast, which is usually a delicious berry granola with honey greek yogurt. I sip on some sweet, vanilla chai tea, and embrace the silence, and the quiet birdsong that flows beautifully through the day.
Throughout the rest of the morning I listen to a podcast of the beloved Elisabeth Elliot, then usually I will read the bible or write a poem for the day. After lunch, I take a beautiful, quiet stroll through the serene woods near my home. I take in the soft sunlight, I delight in the gentle breeze, and listen to the sweet sound of the leaves brushing against each other. The birds and the squirrels surround me in nature, and I enjoy the picturesque surroundings that God has created.
Once I return home, I immediately open my MacBook, and begin working on my writing projects. Some days I will work on my novel, and others, it will be my poetry book. Then on days like today, I will work on my blog. What I write for the day depends on the deadlines that I’ve set for book releases. But I always ensure that I have left enough time to write from a place of rest. For my friend Rayarna once told me, “We ought to work from a place of overflow.”
There is not usually a set time as to how long I will spend writing in the afternoon. At present, I do not have a husband or children yet. Through which, I don’t have the responsibility of cooking dinner by a specific time. Therefore my writing hours can range from a couple of hours, even up to ten hours. It all truly depends. Because I will never force my soul to pour out more than it can give. Writing from a place of overflow is something I aim to do with excellence.
Once it is evening, and the writing ends, I love to unwind by reading a novel. Usually, romance novels. My favourite novelist is by far Jane Austen. I will read a little fiction, then maybe some poetry by Lang Leav. Many times, I love to watch period drama films whenever I can. But I try not to spend too much time consuming films and television. There’s no particular reason why, I think it’s just because I have so many books that I want to read instead lol!
Once I’ve finished my time of reading, I will usually sip on a delicious hot cocoa and dwell in silence. I embrace quietness. I am learning to delight in stillness. For it is in those moments where my soul finds rest and tranquility.
Upon getting ready for bed, I hop into my bedsheets and talk to God until I fall asleep. And that pretty much sums up my day.
Is it easy being a writer? Not at all.
There’s no doubt that I find it to be a beautiful and tranquil lifestyle. However, it can get lonely. And the financial income is never truly certain. But that’s where I live by faith. And I trust that God will take care of me, as I pursue His will for my life. I would have also never been able to continue on this journey without Him, and my best friend Rayarna, who supports me through thick and thin. Being a writer has it’s challenges. And there are many moments where I feel like quitting. But the Lord reminds me that this is part of His plan for my life. Through which, I am grateful for this beautiful opportunity that God has given to me, and to Rayarna for strengthening me in times where I feel like giving up.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed reading what it’s like living the slow life as a writer. Is it what you expected it to be?
Lots of love, Devona ♡
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