“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour
How is the writing going you might ask? Well, it isn’t. That is the big and small of it.
Often times you will read things online that you think will help, or discuss things with friends. They can only give you the methods that work best for them, or what hasn’t. They cannot give you what works best for you.
It’s all a matter of trial and error. Yes, even with writing. What works best for one book you write, may not work best for all books that you write. Sometimes it’s just a matter of adjusting, and readjusting to find that method.
But I can only write at four a.m. with the radio blaring. I have to wear a certain pair of pajamas, or a certain hat. I have to have my writing mug filled with coffee.
Yes, as writers we are a little on the crazy side. Some of us are superstitious in our own ways. We have routines or methods that we ‘have’ to go through to get those pages out. Or at least, that is what we believe.
Hey, before we go knocking one person’s method over our own, take a step back. They have developed what they believe works for them, and that is okay. Just let them be. It doesn’t hurt you if they write at four a.m., and you’re not their neighbor so the radio isn’t a problem either.
We all have the same goals in mind. Write that book. Finish that book. Bleed for that book. And we all want to see our books succeed.
So, next time you get stuck either in the plotting stages, or in the writing stages try something different. If you normally write at a desk, move to the couch. If you normally use a computer, try free handing it on paper. If you normally drink coffee, try tea.
Are any of those methods a sure fire way to release the creative demons? Not at all. It isn’t a matter of following some routine or getting buck wild by being a coffee rebel.
It’s a matter of altering your sensory input. We get so wrapped up in getting the words down, that we will lock ourselves away for long periods of time, and then complain when we get stuck. If you experience the same thing day in and day out – smell the same things – do the exact same things, there is no new sensory input to assist in your creative development.
Anything you hear, or see consistently is processed by your brain without your acknowledgement. Think of it this way. If you consistently read, and reread a line of a book, magazine, or whatever eventually you have no conscious thought of what the words are or their meaning. Sure, you’re still reading them, but it’s being processed in a part of the brain where things just become automatic.
Does that mean I’m the all knowing God of writing? No, it is merely a suggestion to try. Break routine, do something different, absorb new sensory inputs. You never know. It might just work to break that lock. And remember, all of these are NOT the right way, they are different ways.
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Dream on, and dream big