This is a question that I believe is at the heart of every writer. I believe this the infinite thing we all chase–often. It is the thing that we strive to capture a little bit a time. When we allow our minds to wander to the far off places, doing the far out things, we get more confidence in what we desire to write about!
Who doesn’t want that?
Who doesn’t want more confidence to write about what they want to write about and not just about what people think they should write about?
One of my mentors during my undergrad (shouts to Dr. Wall at UM-St. Louis), told us to make ‘make time for the mind.’ When she told me this, I thought it was odd, but it was the most rational thing she could have told me.
When you choose to make this time a thing, when you choose to make time to wonder when you wander, and wander when you wonder, you will be amazed with what you come across. When you make this a habit, you are stretching your imagination–you are allowing it to flex. You allow it to tumble. You allow it to fall over and under thoughts…and those thoughts no longer become foreign to you.
A writer’s imagination should never be foreign to them. There can be parts willing to be explored, but it should never be ‘foreign’ to them. The goal of accessing your imagination in a greater capacity so that it doesn’t become a foreign place. Think of your time of the mind as a type of housekeeping. The more apt you are to clean it, you know what is there, what isn’t there, and what needs to be there more often.
The most amusing thing that I hear often is that people would ‘love’ to step inside the head of a writer. I am not so sure they really want to do that. I am certain they don’t want to do that! I mean, why would they want to!
The head of a writer is crowded, loud, chaotic, and there is always music playing or a fire starting (Trust me, it’s true.)! Everything is everywhere! But, it is beautiful, terrifying, and I would not trade it for anything on the whole planet.
I have spoken about this before–chase a thought. This is crucial to unlocking your imagination, and being able to stretch it further than you thought it could or should go. Why would you not want to access more of what you know to be yours–or that you can master? Your imagination belongs to you, owned by you and is run by you.
It. Is. Yours.
Get comfortable chasing the thoughts that come. I call this: Chasing the Robin.
Here in the Midwest, birds are everywhere! Especially, robins and cardinals. Yet, robins are the most interesting to follow. They fly with determination, and focus, but when they land? When they land they hop around–they are unsure, but they know this is not the final resting place. Your thoughts work the same way–you could be on a determined path, focused and set. But you may deviate. It’s okay even if you DO deviate! That is part of the process–but don’t allow the deviation become a distraction.
Chase the Robin–you never know where it might take you.
This week’s Encouragement Pages have given way to an essay that will be available during September 2021. The month of September has been designated at BACK TO WRITING MONTH. This is going to be good! -JBH
Here is a formula for writing boldly:
(Imagination x Vocabulary) – Fear + Time= Writing Boldly.
Let me say it this way.
All writers have an imagination they are used to tapping into, and all writers have an imagination that they don’t tap into often. I like to call this TCI. What is the TCI? The Complete Imagination is your imagination as a whole: the things you fear, you desire, that you love, lust or even hate. All these thing influence you as a writer.