Words are not always cooperative. Are they? They remain invisible, unstable, uncooperative or stale. My editor self says, “you are so boring.”
Why do I write?
Author, Julia Cameron, said in her book, The Right to Write that writers should write … “because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world.”
She also said, to paraphrase, that our own inspiration connects us to something larger than ourselves allowing ourselves to live with greater optimism.
As a writer, there is always something to do. Writing, editing, researching, learning Scrivener.
Sometimes my brain does not want to think about it anymore. If I show up regularly to write I know that some days are easier than others. I also know that NOT feeling like writing is no excuse to not writing.
Yet what can I do to keep the creative faucet open when things seem a little too dry?
Some days it could be just eating a lemon poppyseed muffin. Or walking my dog, or maybe three pages of ranting on the way the words are not working today.
The thing about feeling stuck when writing is that it is only temporary. The moment you think you will never be able to write another word is when the faucet starts running uncontrollably. Something that reminds me of a scene from a Supernatural episode. Like when the bathtub water starts to boil. Eerie but exciting.
That’s the thing about creativity. It appears when you least expect it. But It’s not like it went anywhere. It’s more that you finally allowed that time portal to open so you could jump in.
Sometimes opening that door to your muse is nothing more than allowing yourself the gifts of living and embracing the wonderful world you are writing about.
Take a nice long walk, read a book, taste a piece of dark chocolate and drink a cup of Chai, go to the art museum. Don’t feel guilty about it. Because after a break, you will get back to the chair and write whatever you can – good or bad.
Because that’s what you do. You write.
Engaging in the world is part of the process.
Julia Cameron calls it a Writer’s Date. But for me it’s living a creative life. Engaging intimately in what I want to write about: my world. It builds on the knowledge I’ve gathered already and deepens what it means for me to be a human but also to be me.