My lord, there are a lot of books on this subject. My own theory is that if you actually force yourself to write something, anything, you'll eventually get to where you wanted to go. What gets in the way is that we procrastinate, we insist on writing about only one thing, we insist on sticking with one project instead of letting ourselves drain off the excess so we can get back to where we need to be, and we believe everything has to be absolutely perfect, then freak ourselves out that it isn't just right and therefore shouldn't be in print.
It is all in our heads. You may say, "Well, duh." But that's not what I mean. It's not that you have run out of ideas or have lost your creativity. You're just being stubborn and/or afraid and, really, a pain in your own arse.
I believe that what we want to write wants to be written. I believe that as I have an impulse to create, the something I want to create has an impulse to want to be born. My job, then, is to show up on the page and let that something move through me, in a sense, what wants to be written is none of my business.
- Julia Cameron, The Artist's WayI have to remind myself when I get in those moods to just sit down and write anything that comes, even if it's the same sentence over and over again. As long as my fingers are moving on a keyboard or I've put pen to paper, I'll be fine - I just need to keep going and I'll get there. Regardless of where the current "there" happens to be.
In other news, I feel that I have successfully finished this month's NaBloPoMo and beaten my own writer's block for the past 31 days (with exception of those two days that we won't mention, eh?). I have really enjoyed being a part of this project and have just decided that I'm going to sign up for February's NaBloPoMo, but since I'll be spending a lot of time thinking about future moving plans, I don't know that it will be daily. More on that in tomorrow's post!
Unless the dentist drugs me and I end up sleeping all day...