It was interesting to get to see your writing spaces. I have noticed that we have one thing in common; moving a lot. I am always on the move because of the nature of my work and interests and that means that on average, I do not get to stay in one place for a long time. For the past year 2014, I was mostly in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Germany.
In all these places, I gather experiences that I turn into stories. If you look carefully I move with a backpack which contains my notepad, laptop and books I am reading. I should then say that my writing materials are simple too. Sometimes I write short poetry in the “Notes” section of my smart phone. Other times it is just a matter of jotting down the opening lines of a story idea I have that I later work on.
Professionally, I work with two Organizations that both promote Writing; Writing Our World and Kahini and some of my responsibilities include Organizing and running Creative Writing classes. In as much as I am an organizer, I have taken the initiative to actively participate in these classes myself (whether I am teaching or supervising) and from these, I create time to write new work and to get feedback on work I have created.
I was glad to meet both you and Nora Bossong while I was in Berlin last December and of course like many of my travels, I was able to pick up interesting insights on the writing scene and how I can work to better my writing.
As I write this, I am in my room in Kampala and I have been debating whether to take a picture. On second thought, I have decided not to “hang my dirty linen” in public because I have taken days without setting it up But just so you know, I sit on my bed and work away at my laptop or read a book.
That reminds me, reading is something I believe builds my writing and therefore even when on the move, I still read. Last July, I read NoViolet Bulawayo’s “We Need New Names” for the duration of my flight from Entebbe in Uganda to Bonn, Germany. Sometimes I read on the bus, cafe or at home.
As you can see from my writing spaces, I am evidence that people should not give excuses for not writing. Anywhere you are or whatever you do, you can write. Stories are everywhere.