Candice: We are currently having our kitchen re fitted – not a small job as it involves the removal of a chimney before they can start installing the kitchen. It is now the start of week two and they have just starting putting the units in to what still looks a lot like a total mess to me.
Unfortunately this means most of my house looks like a building site as the workmen have been traipsing through with muddy boots and walking their mess and the brick dust through out the house. Being a chimney removal, they are working upstairs as well as down which means you walk out of a ‘safe’ room into the mess in of the hall in the middle.
However, watching parts of this at work you realise it is all a craft. They would struggle to understand what I do all day sat behind a desk or in meetings and I wouldn’t be able to skim at wall to to save my life. But we all needs these parts to make a whole. I didn’t realise just how many trades would be working in the house for a simple kitchen job.
It does make you think though as we all have a trade of some kind, and writing can be one of them. To explain to someone outside of writing that you can be creating something productive by sitting in front of a screen for days on end could be hard. But, unlike a plumber or electrician, it’s less tangible but just as worth while. While they may be putting in my sink, sorting my light sockets and building me a new place for cooking which makes my life easier, then writing a book gives a different kind of pleasure. I was talking to my swimming buddy yesterday about how I use the lengths of the pool to switch off from day to day, and going for a swim can often sort a problem I can’t solve if I sit and think on it too hard. Well reading a book can solve another one of those issues we all face, stress, rather than the stress of cooking dinner every night.
So if you ever feel your writing is not a worth while cause think again, it may not leave you with a freshly plastered wall or working dishwasher but its just as useful to people in other ways.