As a writer, there are an abundance of thoughts, topic, and or concepts to flow through your head. The blessing in this, there is never a shortage of material. The curse in this is, if you don’t write it down, it will never be written. The latter has been one of my down falls. My vault holds a plethora of dormant works that need to be completed. My mind is the captor of potential life changing masterpieces. For years, I wondered how to get beyond this stilled, unproductive state.
Recently I embarked on a journey to write a book. Typically, when I refer to releasing published work, it’s pertaining to poetry. However this particular body of work is in no way close to poetry. As fellow writers, I’m sure you’ll understand me not releasing anything specific about the book just yet. My question to myself while on this journey is; how do I prevent falling into the repeated cycle of dormancy?
A light bulb went off, putting everything into perspective. Intentional Writing. Writers at times use a crutch of, “I write when I’m inspired”. I have been guilty of using this crutch for years. On one hand, that is great for the world of Art. On the other hand, outside circumstances can put us in a position to where we’re not conscious of the inspirations around us. Now with that being said, I don’t believe in forcing anything. What I do believe, however, is that inspiration can be provoked! But how do we do that?
It’s really not a cliché, consistency is the key! So for me, I can’t skip a day, because that will turn into two days, which will eventually lead to a week. Before you know it months, perhaps even years will go by and I’ll still have the same few pages that I started with. As a result, I now “intentionally” sit down to work on this project daily. I set goals, but not limits. What does that mean? We have to set goal of what we want to accomplish, but we don’t do it in a way that puts unnecessary pressure on us. I will never attempt my intentional writing with the thought, “I must write x amount of pages in this sitting”. The leaves a foot hole for disappointment. No instead, my goal is to simply write. The amount of pages, paragraphs, sentences, and or words in that particular writing experience is of no worry to me. If it’s a lot, great. If it’s not a lot great. If it’s quality and full of truth and meaning; perfection.
Pressures are going to come. There is no sense of adding extra pressure. If we are consistent and intentional with our work, the fruits of our labor will be bountiful. Merely my thoughts in the midst of my journey. Hopefully someone needed this as much as I did!
Love you, be blessed!