Phase 2: Clutter in the creative process
You know your creative process is cluttered when
- You feel an oomph to get things done but when you sit down to work nothing seems to happen
- You have a to-do list that grows more rapidly than it
Feelings come and go.
Everyone gets into low emotional states from time to time. Sometimes, though, people get stuck in negative emotional states. No matter what they try, it feels ineffectual, like trying to fight their way out of a paper sack.
You’re here because you want to try something … Read more
I will not Reason & Compare, my business is to Create!William Blake
As a writer, it is all to easy to get bogged down by complex ideas, intricately layered plot points. It can feel overwhelming to navigate scene after scene and wonder whether the pacing feels believable or whether … Read more
A workable answer for the right way to write is illustrated by Gary Snyder’s poem “Riprap.”
I’ll share the poem at the end of this post.
Freewriting, writing … Read more
Hey, check that out — whenever I want to, I can wiggle my fingertips.
I’m making light of this but it’s funny how often I do actually lose track of the simple fact that I have a body.
I am a writer. Yet I’m not just a bodiless … Read more
Major life skills highlighted in this article:
Imagination is the Divine Body in Every ManWilliam Blake
When you freewrite, you wander the imagination stomping or treading lightly, each step a word.
As you step, your feet collect tiny seeds and track them from place to place. Your every action while in the realm of imagination plants … Read more
Practice can lead to improvement, but we don’t automatically get better as we write.
Experience alone doesn’t lead to improvement. If we do the same thing over and over, years may go by and we don’t get better.
If you drive your car in circles, you’ll … Read more
One of the most common challenges faced by writers is how hard it can be to start writing something.
You’re in the mood to write. You get a legal pad and a pen, brew a cup of coffee, and sit down. Your cat is assisting you by flapping her tail … Read more
Freewriting is a technique many people have heard about but few writers are really taking advantage of. I know of no other way of writing that offers as much potential for productivity and creative growth as freewriting does.
It is also remarkably versatile. Freewriting is equally beneficial whether you want … Read more