In most cases people view writing and the creative process as some frenzied burst of genius that can’t be planned or anticipated. At least I do, but that’s just my overly dramatic imagination at work. But in most cases those who flex their creative muscles in any outlet often have to make notes and ‘to do’ lists in an effort to keep up with the flow of ideas and prioritize projects.
I recently realized that the time I was putting into maintaining order by listing tasks to complete, ideas etc. was significantly more than the time I was actually taking to write, edit or research for the projects.
Facing quite the quandary, I had to admit that my desire to avoid chaos was affecting my ability to create. So I took a deep breath and addressed an issue that I often skirt away from. With the root of the problem identified, I sadly and clearly confessed… “I am too hard on myself.”
It’s true. In my desire to do and present the best story to readers, I had bullied my creativity into hiding. Even as I typed that last sentence I visualized a frail little girl, special in her own right, huddled in a small dark corner in fear. And sadder still was the fact that I had put her there.
Now I’m not saying that being organized isn’t important, in fact I have several posts that discuss the benefits and importance of planning. But what I am saying is cut yourself some slack. Watch a mindless TV show, play angry birds until your battery dies, gaze out of the window at nothing at all, and for goodness sake stop beating yourself up about writing more (something that most writers do).
You can block out distractions that stifle your process like the internet, television, social media etc. But it is far more difficult to be who you are creatively when you are the primary stressor that’s killing your creativity. If you are under the impression that you are not a “writer” because you don’t write all day every day, I can assure you that is not a true mindset. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to check out the blog of Dean Wesley Smith, a professional author who provided a “reality TV” style blog series on how he tackled a 70K word project in just 10 days.
It was very helpful to me and was the catalyst that I needed to really take a look at how I was stressing myself out and the impact it had on my process and progress.
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Tesa Colvin is an Author, Escape Plan Clarity Coach and Business Development Strategist. She coaches passionate solo-prenuers, who desire FREEDOM and SUCCESS in their business and lives.
Through tailored coaching and strategy sessions, she helps entrepreneurs not just set goals, but develop effective plans that help them to be and stay focused and empowered as they build and monetize their business. Tesa’s mission is to FREE entrepreneurs from the self-sabotage of trying to do it like everyone else, by encouraging and empowering these DREAMERS to focus on their own vision and version of success.
And when she’s not helping people find success their way, you can find her tucked away in a quiet space creating words, worlds and characters, or having a Michael Jackson sing off with both her teen daughters while her husband and 2 fur babies watch in horror.