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Frazzled on Friday

31 Jul

39The work week may be drawing to a close, but my body seems to think it’s already the weekend. Off to a sluggish start today after a brilliant night last night with the child star and her b/f who came round for dinner. Lots of chatting and discussing and plotting and planning. All in all a good evening.

I submitted a completed article to my editor in NY yesterday but have some tweaks to make on the piece now after reading her feedback. Shouldn’t be too difficult, just need to rework some things but I’ll be doing that this weekend.

I’ve spent so much of this week looking for courses, competitions, figuring out which fiction mags to subscribe to etc. that I need to get back to focusing on actually doing some more fiction writing. I’m spending my weekend with Stephen King’s On Writing, which I’ve read several times but it’s a fantastic book and always inspires me when I’m feeling sluggish, and flexing my fictitious muscles with Roberta Allen’s five minute fiction prompts from her book Fast Fiction (which I’ve written about before on this blog). Can’t wait! I’ve discovered that many of my short stories come out of goodness knows where. I actually wrote about a dirt poor little African American girl in the deep South, something that has certainly not come from my personal memory banks. I’ve written about the Kalahari desert and multi-national corporations, divorced parents and talking castles in my fiction. No idea what is going on in my brain, but I’ve discovered I don’t like to think too hard about what to write, because when I do I seem to draw a blank when I say “What should I write about?” Then I go down that slippery slope of “I have nothing to say!” which of course isn’t true. So, more “leaving myself alone” this weekend to pull strange writing tricks out of my head.

In the meantime, with August 1 hovering on our doorstep, I’m hoping that the slow morass of July will soon be nothing more than a  31-day memory and the job boards will be filled with writing, editing, reporting, blogging positions just waiting for me to dive into and bolster my ever-depleting bank account. Bring on August, I say! Bring on the work!

More yoga stretching today – it’s taken almost a week for my body to recuperate from that masochistic gym class.

Exhausted

Wishing all writers a great weekend. Oh, I will also work this weekend on harnessing  yesterday’s BIG idea…

PS. I LOVE the TGIF picture at the top of my blog – but did you notice the typo????? Just wanted to let you know that as a writer, yes I did see it, but the picture was too cute to take down. Aesthetics over accuracy?

I have an idea!

30 Jul

lightbulbAt around 4:30 a.m. I had one of those light bulb moments. You know what they are. They’re the ones that wake you at 4:30 a.m. There the ones that knock on your brain and shout, ‘Hey, you creative genius, wake up and remember this! Better yet get out of bed and do something about it!’ Which is exactly what I did, but I told my brain to shut up at least until 5:30 a.m.  which thankfully it did.

These ideas only come to us when we’re truly relaxed, and at peace. When our brains have stopped chattering incessantly about the minutia of life and are ready to receive our creative spark. And this doesn’t happen just because we fall asleep. I’m notorious for being a lousy sleeper. Sigh a little and I’ll wake up. I’ve always been a light sleeper, and my sleep by and large isn’t very restful. However, because I’ve put myself in “calm” mode this week, because I’ve focused on being happy, fulfilled, and at peace with myself and have consciously blocked out negative thoughts and the stresses of my day to day life, it comes as no surprise to me that this idea came to me in the dead of night.

I had a drama teacher many years ago who had a great deal of sayings that I have learned to live by, but the greatest one was “Leave yourself alone!” meaning trust that the instinct is there, that it will come to you as long as you have faith in it, you don’t need to try so hard. Work is hard; finding the creative spark in you requires you to actually let go. It’s the antithesis of everything we’ve ever been taught. “Work hard, life is hard, things are tough.” Yet the inspiration for your creativity requires you to let go, be kind to yourself and to be okay with that.

And so, I’m grateful and excited about my great idea, which obviously I’m playing close to the chest right now, but will reveal when it develops into its more concrete form. Suffice to say I’m excited, a little overwhelmed about where and how to start, but I have the spark and am ready to harness it. Wish me luck!