As much as we’d like to think we can make our bodies do what we want when we want, it has a different story to tell.
I’m embarking on another 10 day journey to write my next non-fiction book on writing. In August I joined Jennifer Blanchard for her 10 day challenge in which we wrote an e-book in 10 days. Well, it took a little longer than that for most of us, but we put our feet to the fire and wrote. This time, I’m ready to do it again.
In November, I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I didn’t get very far. It seemed like every doctor’s appointment took days off my writing. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t make myself write on many of those days in November. I felt unsettled and when you feel that way, sometimes you just can’t find the words. And that’s okay.
There are certain times of the year as well as certain times and stages in our lives that leave us floundering or feeling so moved inward that writing can be difficult. Perhaps during those times we need to incubate our ideas or just let ourselves rest. The creative process is made up of the ebb and flow of internal processes and actions. I believe it’s important to honor those down times. It’s also important to make sure you’re not avoiding the work because you’re afraid to do it. Procrastination has cost me years of my writing life.
So, in this new book I’m going to explore the seasons of the year and rhythm of the creation process. There is a balance to be had in order for us to thrive as writers and artists. Really, in order to thrive as a human being, it’s important to follow the rhythm of life, both outer and inner. Listening to our souls can bring forth a bountiful harvest.
Learning to Live