I have decided that this mastery of language is what I love to do. Like all journeys to the pursuit of mastery, I have decided what things work for me.
I can write best at night or in the early morning. I need music and a clean, quiet space. A friend of mine created a playlist for me to write to. I have a lap desk that I write at, and–at last–a desk. Ironically, the desk is messy. There are papers, post-its an pens everywhere.
The desk looks like the inside of my head: busy and creative. Stacks of tangible imagination at the ready, anticipating my return and devotion. However, what is to be remembered is the space in which you write, is completely yours! You can make it up, create it, break it, as you see fit. But, the space must be able to be conducive to your writing!
The space must be geared to your writing! This is space is your reprieve from the world, to focus on creating the ones your mind hungers for. Make the space conducive to your projects. Make it comfortable to sit at for long period if you need to. I love writing with natural light–you may not prefer this.
You make your space how you want, and how it will best benefit you. But make the space. Honor your talent. Respect your time and talents. Keep writing!
With any WIP, you may get to a point when it’s not necessarily a block, but a sticking point. I call this being stuck in the middle.
This happens when you get to a point in your work when you don’t know what will/should happen next. Again, it isn’t a block–it is portion of story/project where you are unsure where to go next.
A block is a stoppage of all creativity, not the uncertainty of where to go.
The best thing to so when you get stuck is to be unstuck. You become unstuck by walking away from the work. Stephen King said that ‘the story will reveal itself.’ This means you have to be patient. You have to be perceptive to inspiration, and any creative energy.
Like anything stuck, you have to be patient. And you have to have a strategy.
Writing is alot like riding a bike, and skinning your knee.
After skinning the this same knee, you still have a desire to ride your bike. But you also don’t wanna fall again. So, what do you do? Heal up and get right back on it.
There is not easy way to start a WIP (Work In Progress). It’s not easy to pick it up after you get stuck! But time never works in a writer’s favor with WIPs. Never. It only gets harder to pick up. It gets harder to get back in the groove of it.
Waiting makes it harder to even want to work at it! Be brave dear ones!
I’m constantly coming up with ideas. I have to record them or write them down to keep track of them all! However, the scariest part is still the start. Not the research, but the start–the actual putting of idea to paper or screen.
But the fear is always, “How is this going to come together?!” However, the fear of not doing, consumes the fear of doing. The start is terrifying! But it’s more terrifying to keep all that locked up.
For the varied professions, there are just a many tools. For writers? These things are as simple as pen and paper. For others, it includes these magical rectangles that harness all the power of the world with light and screen. Just like carpenters need wood and nails; baseball players need a good glove; writers need pens.
We always need the tools of our trade, our craft at our ready disposal. This way when inspiration strikes, we claim space. We make space. Everywhere is an office! Everywhere is a space we can work! The best thing about being a writer is that there is no uniform for it!
I can write a concept for a WIP when I’m waiting for a meal. I can jot down a word that I have been rolling around at work. I am able to stockpile these things in my purses, work bags and desks. I never want to be unprepared for inspiration.
It is the words of my Mother Oracle, Toni Morrison, that I leave with you in this regard.