WriteonWednesday – WOW – speed vs creativity
October 3, 2008 § 8 Comments
Becca’s weekly prompt was offered two days ago. I have likely taken the idea of slowing down a bit too literally – it’s Friday already! (and i am tripping on over-the-counter meds for this ridiculous impacted head cold.)
Favorite way to Moodle:
Get up early, before the rest of the household (man and dogs)
Those early morning hours, with no preset agenda, absolutely rock! Nothing seems impossible. There are words and pictures and word pictures … my goal is to be a morning person AND an evening-late night person.
How does slowing down affect your creativity?
There are hundreds of loose ends in a day, a week, an evening. Slowing down for me means pushing them all back, like moving the dirt in a pot aside when putting a plant in the middle of it, like scooping aside the sand on the beach when prepping a “flat” place for a sandcastle.
That slowing and clearing allows excitement (rather than tedium) about the writing. It ain’t easy. I get into this justification thing about it all, like, is it OK to spend several hours writing something that might go nowhere?
Yes, it is.
Everything we do does not have to be purposeful. (In writing these words, I am reminding myself of the same.)
So many of us are so used to constantly ramping and amping it up. We even “schedule” our leisure time. That hinges on why, in part, so many of us are voracious readers. Reading is something we can do on the run (as well as being curled up in a chair), with a book in the car, one in our purse, one in the kitchen, one by the bed, etc.
Writing is different. You need a place, a posture, a little space, a tool or two. And you need active think time, not passive quiet time (like books or TV.)
First we have to slow down. Look around. Maybe do nothing. Breathe. Slowing down is like opening a huge door and air rushes in and reduces all the smallness of things to mere nothing and leaves the place shimmering. And in that shimmer, any creativity is possible.
And there in that shimmer is the writer’s favorite pen, shining like Excalibur to be pulled from the stone and begin its creative trip in the writer’s hand.
That’s why it’s always so good to hear and read about how all of you are doing it, getting the words down and then out there for others to read.