Day 4 – The Road Back Home With the Elixir

Gabriel JacobCave Diary

WhatsApp Image 2017-03-20 at 10.46.38 AMIt’s easy getting used to being served breakfast in two sittings.

First we’re offered a choice of cereals and oats, to be washed down with a glass of juice, coffee or tea; next Annie cooks us a delicious warm breakfast, with our choice of bacon, eggs (poached, scrambled or fried), beans, mushrooms and/or hash-browns.

After today, we’ll have to do the pampering ourselves.

As the final hours are ticking away, we don’t waste much time after the meal, and we jump right back into work. Over the past four days, we’ve established a really nice routine.

Quite often, however, it’s the most important things we take for granted. I have come to realise that this habitual mode of operation – a good breakfast followed by work, morning tea, then work again, then lunch, then work – organised not just my day, but also my thoughts.

Usually my habits are a little ‘all over the shop.’ I write really late at night, and at odd hours during the day. But this systematic focus on writing opened my eyes to the importance of respecting my craft.

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I found that it wasn’t a struggle to concentrate; I would set goals, reach them and continue the process. Even if the goals were small, I was moving forward.

If this sounds like an ideal situation for anyone, of course it is, as we are in the Special World. In fact, this systematic modus operandi has had me working more efficiently than I had been in a long time. It was the Elixir I acquired at The Story Cave.

Tempting as it may be, one cannot stay in the Special World forever.

Nor will I be able to have the whole Elixir, as you can only bring part of the special world back with you. But that part of the special world I’ll be bringing  back to my ordinary world, will provide the changes I need to become a better writer.

Until next time, happy writing everyone!

-Gabriel JacobElixir