Recently I have realized that it is nearly impossible for me to write anything of substance if I fail to allow for some quiet time in my life. It is too easy to allow the pressures of everyday life to interfere. Then I beat myself up for not writing anything worthwhile.
Lately I have used all of the excuses available. Now it is time to regroup. Today I am just thinking about what motivates me, what inspires me and what keeps my creative energy in high gear. I know that I do my most meaningful writing early in the morning. I know that if I get up and write first thing every day that my writing goes more smoothly. What I don’t know is why it is so easy to let other meaningless chores fill up my creative time. (Is it procrastination? Fear?)
When I write every day I produce higher quality work. I guess it is like anything we desire to do well. Practice makes us better. My writing was going well. I wrote nearly every day and was excited about the results. Then we traveled for three weeks and I lost my momentum. (That is really just an excuse, isn’t it?)
In the past I have often walked by myself. There is something special about the quiet time outdoors as I wander along a trail, or walk through my neighborhood alone. It doesn’t mean that I need to always walk alone. There is great joy in sharing a trail with a friend. I have done that many times this summer. However, I need to walk more than twice a week. And I need to do some of that additional walking alone.
When I walk alone I am aware of all the sights and sounds around me. I constantly write in my head as I walk. I notice everything that is in bloom. I hear the birds and see the critters along the way. I look at the sky and think about the many shades of blues and grays above me; and my mind conjures up ideas I wouldn’t have thought about if I had not been alone.
And sometimes what I need most is to sit quietly, to listen to my inner voice, to give my muse time to be heard. Perhaps that is what I really need today.
[Written for Three Word Wednesday: beat, pressure, substance.]