I started teaching a new course of Creative Writing this week. I forgot how much I love it. My class last spring didn’t fill and was canceled. At the time, I was busy preparing for a book launch, so I was somewhat relieved.
Driving home after class this week, I was energized. It’s so exciting to work with writers who are just beginning their journey. The possibilities are fresh and exciting.
The knowing nods when we talk about the urgent need to write, reassure me. I’m not the only crazy person in my town who feels this compelling urge to bear witness to all the little oddities in my life and heart.
We talked about what we write and why. So many echoed the same sentiment—a voice running through their heads aching to get out on paper. I recognize that insistency. It’s their creative spirit. Everyone has one. That spirit can find its way out in a plethora of ways, but when its left trapped inside, unrecognized and unfed, it can lead to a confused despondency, a sadness borne of a day-after-day sameness. Continue reading “What is YOUR Creative Self Saying?”
The kids are underfoot.
The house is a mess; it’s noisy, too.
The garden is a tangle of weeds and the blueberry bushes are so full, the berries are bending the branches low enough for the mice to feast.
I drank too much wine last night; I can’t think clearly.
I’m not feeling it.
I’m sick of this story.
I’ll just take today off.
What’s the point?
That’s just a small sampling of my excuses. What are yours?
There’s never a good time to write, but if you’re a writer that really doesn’t matter—write.
Some days the words circle your head like invisible gnats, and while you can hear them buzzing, you can’t catch them—write.
Other times the grocery list and the thank you notes are nagging around the edges of your brain; they can wait another day—write.
Even when you have nothing to say and what you do want to say is everything you wish you’d said to someone who belittled your belief yesterday – write.
Maybe the only coherent thought you have is, I hate this. Write.
As Elmore Leonard, arguably one of the most successful, working class writers, puts it—
“I don’t believe in writer’s block or waiting for inspiration. If you’re a writer, you sit down and write.”
What are you waiting for?
Sit down and write.