Monday, March 18, 2013

Being Aware of You

I hope everyone had a fantastic St. Patrick's Day, full of luck and no pinching. It was so fun to go to church yesterday and see all the green attire. It definitely helped spice up an otherwise blah, gray day in my neck of the woods.

Speaking of weather. It can be a tricky thing sometimes. There are those days that appear sunny and warm, but chill you as soon as you step outside. Do you go inside for a jacket at that point? Or do you just tough it out? If you take your jacket, more problems arise later if it suddenly gets warm again. Similar dilemmas come up if you don't grab a jacket and it remains cold. Decisions, decisions.

As someone who suffers from seasonal depression issues, I find I'm particularly sensitive to the frequent changes in this phenomenon we call weather, particularly light levels. If the sun is shining all seems to go well in life. But, as soon as those clouds move in for a long stay, I find daily tasks feel like sludging through a bog of thick goo. (Not a pleasant or easy experience.) I'm lucky if chores get done and people get taken care of, not to even mention my appalling word count for those days.

Now, you may ask, what does this have to do with writing? Everything! It is important to be aware of you and your needs in order to be the most productive you can. Some people love planning ahead and having that outline at the ready before they write. Others love to just go for it and realize what they need as they go. Both have their strengths and weaknesses that it is important to be aware of before you write your first word. When you get stuck, or find a problem, don't give up. Embrace your creative style and make it work for you, or borrow some techniques from the other side to push you through that slump.

For most people, there will be times in life when writing will be more of a chore than a pleasure. (A sad, but true fact. Nobody loves their work 100% of the time.) When writing feels more like trudging through a swamp than a grand adventure, try to understand why. Maybe you aren't in a creative mood at that moment. No problem, try editing another manuscript that has been stewing for awhile. Or maybe the creative bug is of a different variety. Pick up that hobby you've been neglecting and find a fresh energy and take on other aspects of life.

If the problem is lots of clouds in your sky, don't be too hard on yourself. Write what you can and trust when the sun comes out again, those words that are locked inside will find release. Most importantly, realize that while you are a writer you are a person first, with lots of different needs and wants. Sometimes that means taking a break from being super writer. Be sure to come back to it later, but also enjoy the break.

Everyone needs a vacation every now again to get that fresh perspective on writing and life. 

Best of luck!

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