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Every writer has those moments where we want to throw up our hands and scream. Very few writers never have this experience. I know I have. The trick is in understanding how to navigate around the resistance we have to creating. This is a huge topic! Several writers have covered writer’s block and other forms of resistance to creating. One author who has a slew of good advice is Steven Pressfield. Steven’s book The War of Art is one of my favorite books on the topic. Steven also wrote a book called Do The Work. Recently I was reading this book again and came across some particularly great parts of the book.
“When an idea pops into our head and we think, “No, this is too crazy.” That’s the idea we want. When we think, “This notion is completely off the wall…should I even take the time to work on this?” The answer is yes. Never doubt the soup. Never say no. The answer is always yes.”
In the romance writing industry there are a lot of authors, probably a majority, who reject the idea above. But I believe in it wholeheartedly. 🙂 Whatever the idea is, there’s a really good chance it has tremendous merit and it’s firing you up to create some great stuff! Don’t ignore the muse!
With that tiny piece of advice, I’m off to be a slug. Maybe if I don’t fall asleep, I’ll write some today.
Okay, I’m being totally tongue-in-cheek here. This last week I’ve been having some issues with my Amazon Cloud Drive and some other technological weirdness. So it got me to thinking about the time “before” I had many of the technology advances I have now.
Yeah, I’m at that age. You know the one everyone warns you about. Where you start saying things like, “When I was a kid.” Yeah, that one.
I’ve lived in a world where there were no cell phones and to have a “car phone” meant paying $150 a month to have a phone in your car. I’ve used rotary dial phones. I lived in a world with a black and white television. I typed on magnetic card typewriters and key punch machines and huge IBM word processors that took up an entire wall. I lived in a world where if your car broke down there wasn’t help a cell phone call away. I lived in a world where there wasn’t a DVR, cable television or VCR. No digital cameras. No personal computers. I could go on and on. And sometimes the world was a better place without those conveniences. Of course it was only better because you didn’t know what you were missing.
Sometimes I think it is wonderful and heavenly to simply sit in nature without the cell phone, the Facebook, the Twitter and exist like we once used to…without our minds and bodies believing we have to have all those things.
Don’t get me wrong. I do love much of my technology on the days it works. I love that ebooks are the rage because that means many of you are now buying my novels. I totally love that, of course. The photo I took of these crazy monsoon clouds is only possible because the tech savvy camera I own knows how to take this type of photo (without me doing much more than point and shoot.)
So do you ever disconnect from the grid?