Yesterday, across the United States, people everywhere were celebrating a right and privilege we as a people declared on July 4th 1776. The war that followed to obtain that freedom would continue to play on for another seven years.
There is another freedom that we should be celebrating as well. The freedom of creativity. It’s a freedom that crosses over all nations and belief systems. Just like Albert Einstein says, “ Imagination is more important that knowledge.”
Two years ago when I started out on my most recent journey I was content, overjoyed even, to crawl into my writer’s hole and write all day long. I would start my day with a serious workout to get the blood pumping and the ideas rolling and then go, go, go.
Then something came along that changed everything. I lost my focus – and with it, the flow of my creativity.
I don’t know how you work, but I live my story and the story lives through me. Changing to think about other things makes it harder for me to work a story successfully. Well, this is what happens to me when I am trying to work too many platforms.
Recently I have been overwhelmed with things that I have told I should be doing – needed to be doing. But in doing these things I was no longer finding time for my true love – writing. That is, the writing of my stories – not blogs. My situation is very similar to Kristy K. James, and I don’t think I can say it any better than she has here:
- You are a writer (artist), so write (create). Not for others, but for yourself. When you write (create) for yourself you will find there are others that think and feel as you do. That is where you will find your audience. – You Are A Writer by Jeff Groins
- Stop trying to please everyone. It will get in the way of why you love creating so much.
- Get back to living. If you lose yourself to blogging, social media and all the things you have been told you have to do in order to be successful and lose the quality time you had for yourself and family beforehand, you will see a reduction in your creativity. I know I did. When I gave time from exercise so that I could fit blogging into my day not only did I start to see the pounds creep back on, but I was less creative. Ideas pop into my mind while I’m actually punching the air during Kenpo.
- Fast draft. This is my latest trial at writing. It gets the story moving and frees the mind. Be damned the internal editor. Just write your story and worry about the fine tuning later. This may be difficult to start, but once you get the hang of it can be extremely liberating. You can pump out fifteen to twenty pages in just a few hours. How great is that?
- When you feel stuck, write/work through the sludge. Don’t give in. Your creativity will return. It simply needs encouraging. Sometimes doing the mundane like folding the socks or washing the dishes helps in this process.
- Get out and experience something new. The potential for ideas is limitless. Recently I have been inspired to write several children’s books. By this I mean picture books. A new adventure in camping with the kids recently inspired a few new ideas. You never know where they will come from.
No one gets better at their craft unless they practice is often. In the case of a writer, that means writing a lot. In order to write a lot one must make the time to do so and free their creativity. It all begins here…
What does this mean for me? I will be putting my exercise program back into my life. It’s a must for life, health and creativity. Writing my stories is at the top of my priority ladder, and getting out with my family and friends. I think we should all look at our priority list this way.
Visiting and supporting my blogging community is extremely important to me so I will be there. Don’t count me out! I’m just slowed down with kid schedules that are far too precious to miss. They are only this age once!
Now let’s all celebrate who we are and how imaginative we can be. Let’s nourish the mind and get to creating!
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