This week is my first go at participation in Write On Wednesday. Becca was kind enough to invite me into the mix, and I've been so wrapped up in moving crap that I haven't been able to oblige. I think it's a wonderful idea--a great way to kick start my writing juices, so here we go.
This week's question:
Do you ever feel the need to jump start your writing? What drains the energy from your “writing mind”? What do you do when your creative battery dies?
What an apropos question! Given all the...how do I say this nicely?...turbulence in my life as of late, the writing urge has been almost completely dormant. Stress, whether it be related to finances, relationships, or work, tends to drain me creatively. I have yet to figure out exactly which types of stress fuel me creatively and which drain me. One day I might be driven to write based on some sadness or pain while the next day I might hunker down under the covers with a bag of Doritos and never want to come out again. Weird.
As for recharging, feeling productive again usually stokes the creative fire. Once I got home from this move and started clearing out boxes, I really started feeling like myself again. I cleaned out multiple boxes of books that will go to the used book store, I threw out clutter I haven't missed in a year so what would be the point in keeping it? I cleaned, I organized, I got my life back in order again, and with that comes rational thought and a clearer purpose.
I have my next Bibliobuffet column squared away, I have an idea for the one after that, and I'm seriously staring down the possibility of starting my book. I have this free time, so I MUST USE IT.
Many times writing is just a matter of pressing on in the face of doubt and disillusion. Putting words on a page, even when we think they're crap, can be a perfect fix in itself.
To read more about my Muse (or lack thereof), read this tongue-firmly-in-cheek post from 2005.