On Sunday evening the fog of an impending head cold snuffed out my optimism. The blasted thing possessed a life akin to a chemical fire retardant; lofty intention stalled.
In the fog I stumble calling uncertainly, ”Enthusiasm where are you?”
It hides away like a naughty child with the Nutella jar and a teaspoon.
Here in my blog I will give you my way through the madness in the hope that it may help another self-doubting writer who is riding the roller coaster of having their first work published. A narrow line exists between sanity and insanity. Insanity is that deep dark force that immobilizes the noble attempts at creativity.
My new novel needs CPR. My job I understand is to breathe life into it.
Will it be a ‘keep your butt on the chair and type’ day or a run away from the computer for a bit to clear the head? Whilst (a) is very attractive today I am opting for (b). As long As I am staying this side of Delusion, I know when to go outside. Solvitur ambulando, today is an ambulando kind of day.
So I seek the things I find soothing, usually the sea but at times the trees. Blue rests gently on my eyes and massages the tension out of my shoulders. The gentle lapping of the waves in the shore as they unfurl; calm me. Playfully I try to anticipate how the next wave will reveal itself to the world. Try it is harder than you may think.
Absorption frees my mind from the self-imposed shackles and the sun begins to shine.
Now I can see the wisdom from Ollin Morales in his blog, http://thecourage2create.com/
As if it wasn’t enough that others judge you, there will always be a little, mean voice inside your head that’ll always tell you that you’re too much of something, or too little of something else. That little mean voice inside you, just like others in this world, will always judge you.
Expect that voice to judge you and then just do it anyway: engage in your passion, fulfil your dreams, and succeed.
Joe Bunting shares a tip on http://thewritepractice.com/fun-writing-exercise/ sharing a fun writing liberates the imagination by the introduction of free association.
That’s why this exercise is so perfect. Because when you try to write badly, you free up your creativity and end up making surprising connections.
Sure, some of your lines will be horrible, embarrassing, and never to be read again. But others will be much better than you expected.
Finally, with your new playful spirit, you’ll be able to go back to your work in progress with a new level of creativity.