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Exercise Your Write to Use the Bathroom
Writing on the Wall
It wasn’t long ago, when the idea of taking your writing to the bathroom seemed a bit appalling, but yet, after recent conversations, I realized it was a splendid way to get some of your words down on paper. After all, a writer will have the Urge to Write where ever they go. If you spend an average time of 15 minutes per day on hygiene and another 15 minutes per day on using the facilities, that gives you an additional 30 minutes a day of uninterrupted writing time. (However, these statistics may change depending on the person!) All and all, that comes out to about 7 and a half days a year of wasted time. Just imagine the opportunity. You could be using these 7 and a half days as time for uninterrupted writing! Doesn’t it sound appealing.
Now, I am going to have to give a big shout out to RealHousewife and C-Bless, because without these two wonderful hubbers, this thought would have never sprung into my mind. And without pondering their comments, I wouldn’t have realized the ways to make bathroom writing very attainable. So, if you want to jump aboard and join me, I am going to tell you some very realistic ways that you too can become a bathroom writer.
The Most Obvious Way
With all scenarios, there is almost always a most obvious way. This scenario proves no different. So, if you want to do things the obvious way, just grab a fresh notebook and a pen and put it on the back of your toilet, or add it to your magazine rack. After all, it isn’t unheard of to add reading material to your bathroom décor for the longer trips, so instead of catching up your celebrity gossip and the daily bad news, catch up on the creative bug and get some of your writing done.
Wallpaper of Writing
This is a million dollar idea, however, for today only, I am going to share it with you for absolutely free (unless of course you would like to offer donations. If that is the case, feel free to contact me!) Instead of the more traditional flowery wallpaper, or maybe the wallpaper filled with fish, why not use regular writing paper (or plain colored wallpaper). This way every trip to the bathroom is filled with your genius ideas. All you need to do is add a hanging pen. Then, when you get an idea, jot it down on the wall.
This also carries an additional bonus. If you ever feel like you have lost inspiration, just head into the bathroom and read some of your notes. It can also be considered artsy, particularly if you know how to write calligraphy. Now that is the beauty of the written word!
You know the scenario. You have been sitting at a restaurant and suddenly you have to jot something down. Maybe you ran into an old friend that you lost contact with and you just want to copy down their phone number. (Not that it is really necessary these days since most people have cell phones!) You look everywhere, yet you seem to be lacking paper. What do you grab? The nearest and cleanest napkin of course.
Now bring this scenario to the bathroom. (Preferably not the part about eating or meeting someone!) Maybe you just had a million dollar idea or some form of pure brilliance floating in your head. No paper. No problem. Toilet paper will do the trick just fine. After all, it does have paper in it’s name! So, if you are in a crappy spot and find yourself in the bathroom without a pad of paper, have no fear, toilet paper will work just as well. Now, just make sure you have an obsession with Writing Utensils. That way you always have a pen or pencil available, otherwise having paper will do you no good.
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Need More Ideas?
Are you still not convinced the bathroom is the place to set up your new work station? Let me tell you, there are other ways to make this possible as well. Now, I am not suggesting your bring your computer in there with you. Like I said once before… and I will say it again… that could lead to an electrifying writing experience. However, as long as the equipment is not electrical - no problem.
Have you ever heard of chalkboard paint? This would be a great way to express yourself. The best part is, it is able to be erased. Therefore, you can write and write and erase when you are done with it. All you have to do is prep the surface by making sure it is clean and has no nails sticking out. Then apply the chalkboard paint. Depending on the brand, you may have to let it dry for 3 days before you can use it, and once cured, you can then prepare the surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire board and erase. You can use the whole wall or just use a portion of it. The decision is completely up to you.
You can also use dry erase boards if you are against writing on the actual wall. These are easy and clean up as well. Just attach a dry erase board, the size of your choice, to the wall and you are ready to start working. The downfall to using dry erase boards is they can get pricey. Therefore, not using a dry erase board is probably more budget friendly.
Now you can see, the bathroom is a perfectly acceptable place to use as a writing work station. The benefits: Well, you will be in there sometime today! You are also least likely to be bothered. (Unless you only have one bathroom and a house full of people!) As it goes, if you have a lot of people in your house, the bathroom might be the quietest place around.
So, now that I have hopefully convinced you that bathroom writing is acceptable, I better leave and go find some more inspiration… maybe in the tub. Does anybody have any of those soap crayons I can borrow?