Wow! What a crappy winter!
The snow and gray days and snow and ice (and did I mention snow?) are starting to take a real toll on me. My creativity is low and my energy even lower. It’s hard to sit my lazy butt in a rock-hard chair for an hour (or 1000 words, whichever comes first) when the couch and an afghan never looked so good.
So I don’t. Then I say really mean things to myself about it.
I received an email the other day from Gotham City Writer’s Workshop in which Kelly Caldwell, dean of faculty, discusses this exact thing. Writers try to constrain their writing within stringent limitations (see above!). Worse—when they don’t make the cut, they beat themselves up about their “failure,” fueling even less writing. Vicious circle.
Hello, that’s me. Is it you too?
I had taken my creativity–supposedly so free wheeling–and boxed it up completely. It had to be during the day. It had to be within this time frame. It had to contain a certain number of words. If creativity is so fluid and mercurial, why was I constraining it so much?
It’s time to break out people!
For the next month, I’m taking my creativity out of the box. I’m writing when I can, where I can. If I don’t get an hour in one sitting, so be it. For this time period in my life, I’m going to quit trying to make my writing look like a box and make it look more like not quite set-up watermelon Jello—sloshing and oozing and fitting around my winter-weary life.
Here’s the current word count on my WIP, Reservoir: 30254. I’d like to see it be 38K by March 17. I would also like to finish the dreaded quilted frog project (remember running into me in Jo-Ann’s Fabrics on spring break 2 YEARS AGO, Christine Allen-Riley, and I was buying fabric for these frogs? Yes, those.). And I want to do it all out of the box.
It could be an epic fail. Yet again, it could surprise me.
How about you? Pick a project and put it in the comments below. Let’s watch together where our projects go when we take creativity out of the box.