Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Not Writing and Writing

I have a love/hate relationship with writing. I think most writers do. When I'm not writing, it's all I think about. When I actually sit down at the keyboard and stare at the letters, suddenly anything- washing dishes, scrubbing floors, doing taxes, chasing down my angry Jack Russell Terrier to try and wrestle her into the bath tub- seems more appealing. I think writers- and artists, musicians, etc.- are both blessed and tormented by their overactive creative minds.

When I fractured my elbow a few weeks back (see "Broken Bones and Writing") I was faced with the prospect of physically not being able to write. I was furious and frustrated and it got me thinking about what really keeps us from writing. For me, in this instance, it was a broken bone. But what about the other times? Exhaustion? Fear of the story ending? Television?

So I pose the question to you, my fellow creative kindred spirits: what keeps you from writing/dancing/painting/playing the banjo? And if you're in the mood to delve deeper: how do you over come your obstacles? I invite you to share....

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  1. Pile of canvas next to my bed; canvas I've been aching for, literally for months, and there it sits...I'm thinking "i should really do laundry" "the floor needs vacuuming" " the dog could really use a long walk, should I cut my hair, why doesn't he pay attention to me, i should really just call her..." etc...And then, just as I lay down in my bed to say goodnight to this life for the evening, I am struck with the desire to paint. By then I am too tired to carry through with the magnificent dream of color that just dawned upon me...so yeah, just about anything can get in the way.

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  2. With writing and painting I tend to do it in creative spurts. When I'm active at painting it's all I can think about. It consumes me, and I don't think I'll ever stop. Then one day, I just can't pick up my brushes. It's the same way with writing. When my mind is racing, my thoughts flow with great fluidity and creativity. I only wish I could write as fast as the thoughts emerge. But, when I settle down, I fall into reading to keep my mind active. Presently I've been in reading mode.

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    1. That's really interesting- it sounds like a creative cycle....

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  3. I do the same thing with my metalwork. I procrastinate terribly. I think I need to do computer work, marketing, painting, so many other things. And then days and even weeks pass that I don't sit at my bench and work. But when I finally do get back to it, the ideas are rushing through my mind of things to make and I can't get to them all. I never really thought about it as a creative process that others might go through also. Thank you!

    I'm happy I found your blog today!

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    1. It's great to connect with you! And you have such gorgeous work- I am always recommending you to friends....

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