Trust your subconscious! When I’m through my writing day (scheduled, like any job: 9-4, Monday-Friday) I tidy my papers, leave my office, and try not to think about my work. I put it in a mental closet and shut the door, letting my subconscious take over. The next morning, I begin by editing the previous day’s pages. Usually, during this process, the closet door opens, revealing the mind’s deep deliberations. This gives me energy and allows me to go forward.
Beth Powning’s The Sea Captain’s Wife was nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Award. She discusses her latest, the highly acclaimed A Measure of Light, with Adrian Harewood at Ottawa’s International Writers Festival on Sunday, April 26.