For years, I have struggled with the concept of making a schedule for writing. I’ve held onto the belief that I could not force myself to be creative on certain days and that I would write when I felt the creative urge. That all worked fine… for a while. But now, with a busy schedule full of baby planning, work, and school creativity took a back burner… so much of one that I haven’t even opened a story to write on in months.
I’ve finally decided it’s time to get serious about creativity. It’s no longer something I want do when I find time. It’s time to start making time for it. I have three weeks (including this one) left of this college course, then I’m taking the next two 8 week terms off for the little guy’s arrival. During the little bit of “down” time I have before he arrives, I am going to attempt to adhere to a creativity schedule (starting around July 1). I want to dedicate two evenings a week to some sort of creating (ideally writing) outside of blogging, in addition to a weekly blogging schedule.
This year is a year of change for me and I want to take advantage of that momentum to change my writing habits and become more productive. I have big plans for the upcoming year, and I’m ready to start working towards those goals.
Last week during my standard outdoor lunch break, I posted a quick message on Instagram saying “be proud of who you are and let it come out in everything you do.” Little did I realize some would consider it inspiring.
As you know by now, I spend a lot of my lunch breaks outside relaxing, reading, or doing a bit of introspection. That day happened to be an introspection kind of day. I was going through the three note books I carry with me, on a near daily basis, and was looking at all the outlandish and somewhat large in scope creative and business ideas that I had drafted. My thought was “Who do I think I am believing I can achieve these lofty goals?” The ideas I had on paper were ideas that people who make an impact on people come up with, not just some office worker and part-time writer.
But as I sat there going over my plans, and some of them are very detailed plans, I thought…why can’t I do these things? After all, I had come up with the ideas and started building plans, why couldn’t I follow through on them? I got to realizing, the person I truly am is that creative, entrepreneurial person that wrote those plans. I came to acknowledge that I am creative and entrepreneurial when I’m relaxed and following the path that makes me happy. So, I have started doing research to figure out how to take those plans and drafts and turn them into reality.
This realization made me aware of how easily we lose ourselves in expectations of others and even what we think we should be. Once we shed those expectations we can become who we are and be more fulfilled in this life. So just remember, be proud of who you are and let your true nature come out in everything you do.
I am making slow, yet steady progress back into a writing habit. I can honestly say that I hadn’t entirely given up my writing practice. During my break, I did still write an occasional journal entry and too many college papers. However, the goal is getting back to writing for fun and publication.
So, during the past week, I decided to make a few little changes to my daily routine. I had been spending my lunch hours reading or relaxing. Now, I have started using my lunch hours not only to relax, but to write and brainstorm. So far, my lunch sessions have been fairly successful.
The first day I focused on writing, I finally solved the mystery of who killed Malcolm’s wife Anabelle. I know the who did it, how it happened, and why she was killed. The only problem that remains is how does Malcolm find out…
I have also discovered or rather re-discovered that when coming back from a break and not knowing where to start, it’s best to have a pad of paper and a pen handy. Handwriting my ideas allows for less distractions than typing and a slower process that allows my thoughts to fully form as I’m writing.
Yesterday, for the first time in quite some time, I actually sat down and wrote something that will eventually be for publication. I started working on the introduction to my next non-fiction book. I have not decided if it will be another photo book or not, but the working title is Finding Peace in a Time of Change. I am not anticipating it to be ready until the end of the year at the earliest, but more than likely beginning of next year. I also started a scene featuring Malcolm Stone, yes, I’m slowly making my way back to the series.
It’s interesting to me, how each project we learn to write all over again at times rediscovering an already known remedy to problems or finding a different way to do something. Perhaps, that is what draws me towards writing – each adventure is different, yet the same.