Writing by Candlelight
If you haven’t written by candlelight at least once in your lifetime then shame on you!
Do any of you remember that stupid KFC commercial? You know, the one where a family is enjoying a candlelit dinner during a power outage? With storm raging outside, the father brings a bucket of KFC home to his family. They all sit there laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Suddenly, the power comes back on. Fun over. What is the father’s solution? Turn the lights back off of course!
One of my favourite ways to get my creative juices flowing is writing in quiet candlelight. I turn off every electronic device I own. I pull out a pad of paper, a loyal pen and find all the candles we have in the house. Time doesn’t seem to exist anymore. I am alone with my story, and that’s all that matters.
There is something inherently magical about writing in candlelight. It’s a return to absolute simplicity. The candle reaches only you, and your paper. The world outside is now shrouded in darkness. You and your craft are finally alone.
Lovers shut off the lights, and hide away from the world to be with each other. If you don’t want to know every intimate detail of your story, then why are you writing?
Prepare an evening for yourself and wait for nightfall. Turn off your cellphone, your computer, and your television sets. Don’t listen to your iPods, don’t leave the phone on the hook, and turn off absolutely every freaking electronic device.
Congratulations. You are now completely alone with your story.
Terrified? Don’t worry. In the silence and stillness of your work, a candle can light up your creativity. It is a visual reminder that we as artists always keep a candle burning for our craft. A writer never stops thinking about writing.
Be alone with your story. Calm your inner distractions, and focus on the writing task at hand.
Let creativity be your vigil.
Light a candle.