My recent writing dry spell is teaching me about my own creative process, and how I can nurture it.
I love to write. I need to write. But the truth is, I don't always write, and sometimes it is downright hard. I know ... a writer writes, and writing happens when you put your butt in the chair. But getting my butt in the chair ... therein lies the challenge.
Here's how I have learned I can nurture my own creative process, and "get my butt in the chair":
- Build my life around my writing, rather than my writing around my life. Carve out my own sacred time to write, and let nothing interrupt it. Make it a priority.
There is always something pressing needing my attention: the client work that pays my bills, that important phone call or meeting, or more sleep. If I don't plan the writing into my day, it won't happen.
- Remove myself from distractions long enough to write. Put myself in a different room to write, and close the door. Let others know this is my writing time.
I am easily distracted. It could be the beautiful day outside, the bills to pay, the client work waiting for me, an interesting conversation, the people I am visiting, or just feeling like I need a nap.
- Make sure I do at least some writing early in the day.
Otherwise, by the time I have a chance to write, it is often late, and my brain has shut off. The idea of being creative just doesn't compute.