Monday, May 25, 2015

The Search for Traction

by Rich

I cleaned my office last week. Many folks would probably claim this as the greatest form of procrastination since their teenage children took a whole morning to move from their beds to the bathroom during summer vacation. In truth, I felt cleaning my office could lead to some traction in my writing.

Despite movement on the creative front in the form of the NCW Podcast, hosting Between the Pages, and a slot in the local Ignite talk series, I have felt like the driver of a compact car trying to traverse a snowy mountain pass without chains. Or, to use a metaphor connected with the current spate of wet weather in Colorado, swimming upstream as the raging river crests its banks. Where last year was full of written creativity, I have barely produced any fictional material during the first half of this one.

It's driving me nuts! Like other authors, I'm addicted to writing, and when I don't have the time or the energy to do so I get itchy, irritable, and want to smash things. Think Hulk, except not prone to break door frames. And I want to smash more things when I hear about independent authors producing 250 books in one year. The ideas are there for me -- a plethora of ideas, to be somewhat exact. The ability to strap into my universes to describe their tales is not.

And that's why I decided to clean my office. There was so much stuff waiting for my attention it weighed me down. Once I put half of the stuff away and threw the other half out, I did feel my mind clear a bit. I'm not saying it completely blew the water out of the baffles, but it did help provide a lightness I hadn't felt in a while. Now, I just need some propellers to swim upstream and chains to cross the mountains. Let's hope I don't encounter further slippage along the way.

How do you gain traction in your creative life?


Patricia Stoltey said...

We are our own worst enemies, Rich, when we don't say no to all the things that keep us from doing what we really want to do. If you're feeling moody and angry, it's time to step back, stand in front of the mirror, and practice saying these words: "No, I can't accept that invitation." "No, I can't do that project." "No, no, no." And then when you've taken your life back, write.

RichardK said...

Just wrote 2000 words and almost 10 pages on a new story last night, so I think the drought may be ending.

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