Hands + Keyboard = Progress
I’m not a math person, but for some reason writing this post with a touch of math felt right.
Writer + Happy Muse = Productivity
There are times when inspiration hits. Characters pop up on the way to work or the grocery store. Plot lines complete with unexpected twists reveal themselves. Settings so vivid they feel real invade dreams. These are those times that keep writers up well past bedtime trying to get every word down as fast as possible. When pages fill with words by themselves and even though the first draft isn’t perfect, it’s a great foundation. But:
Writing + Grief ≈ Impossible
Grief is a complex, draining emotion. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
We all have certain daily routines: get out of bed, get ready for work, eat breakfast (most important meal of the day), read the paper, drive to work, drive home, cook dinner… There are many things I can do ‘on autopilot.’ Writing good fiction isn’t one of them. I’ve been struggling to write without a muse for a while which is why my writing goal is vital, even though it’s only 100 words/day. Those words either add to my WIP, provide notes on the plot line, or just serve as therapy.
Motivation is a HUGE part of writing. So, what can writers do when the motivation well runs dry, they’ve pushed as far as they can and a little further, but can’t hold on anymore?
Me – Writing = ????
I don’t know who I am without writing, and even though the reverse isn’t true, I can’t let that thought stop me. A year after my loss, I finally gave myself permission to put down the laptop and pick up books to enjoy reading for a while.
Eyes + Book = Right Direction
Because I read like a writer. I study what makes characters likable, how they interact with the setting, the flow of dialogue, pacing, description… My WIP remains at a low word count, but I’ve still grown as a writer.
Permission + Time To Heal = No Guilt
This is probably the best gift anyone can give themselves. Since each person moves through the stages of grief at their own pace and sometimes repeat stages, it’s important to give this gift generously.