Halfway through the first draft!
Woah, gang, I am making progress.
Anyone else struggle with creating art when they are working full-time? The drive is there, but the energy is lacking.
I think I will try to get some flash fiction posted this weekend. Take a break from the novel.
The words are coming easily again. I have written 2,000+ words in just a few hours this week.
Brains are weird. Creativity is weird.
I feel like there are two main types of blocks when it comes to my writing: Time & Juice.
There are days when I have ideas! Juice! Creativity is flowing! I want to write! I know what I want to say, and words come pouring out onto the page. Then Time steps in; oh right, I have a full-time job. I have a home to maintain, cats to feed.
Responsibilities… * shiver *
Blast. That’s okay, it isn’t like the ideas will go away, the words will still be there after work, or tomorrow!
Most days I am tired after work; physically, emotionally and mentally. I have a semi-stressful job that involves a lot of work on a computer. By the time I get home I tend to be zoned out and drained, and the last thing I want to do is try to ramp up the energy and get some writing done.
Sometimes the words aren’t there. A mere 24 hours after I was revved up on a creativity high, juices are flowing and I don’t have the time to get that energy to paper… oh, my ideas have dried up. I have a few hours to work on my story. I know the plot, the characters, the scene… but the style isn’t there. Or I don’t have the desire to write. Poof. Gone.
Time & Juice. Sometimes (a lot of the time) they don’t align, and I am stuck staring at a blank page.
It can be frustrating, I try to fill my juice-less time with an influx of media.
Pinterest is my go-to; am very motivated by imagery, and love putting together boards that represent my stories, moods or scene styling that I can see in my head.
Instagram is fun, more great images and connection to other creators out there, and Twitter is a great place to follow other writers!
Help me out, friends. What motivates you? What keeps you writing when the words are hard to come by, or the words you are putting down just kind of… suck? What else can I do to get that extra push?
While I wait for my Time & Juice to cooperate, you can find me here:
Pinterest: AA Czostedt.