“Writing Short. When was the last time you sat down to write something that wasn’t planned, that didn’t require a finite prep session before you could begin? It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything I’ve been proud of (NaNoWriMo, last year to be exact). In the process of getting back into editing that particular novel, I’ve been focusing all of my attention on writing a lot more shorts. Whether that’d be a short story, a poem, a piece of prose. I want to exercise my writing ability, and I don’t want to be confined by the idea of a novel (right now). I’ve been making time for my writing, and it is a riveting feeling to sit down with not an idea to boot, and then watch as the words flow (when you’re not plagued by writer’s block, of course). It’s a hard thing to do, when you’ve not given yourself a necessary sense of direction, but boy is it rewarding.”
I’ve been spending quite a lot of time reading a few shorts for one of my English classes, and they undoubtedly reiterated my will to begin jumping right back into things. I remember how much free time I’d spend on writing lovely shorts, and how it good it’d feel to have it done and sitting in front of me. I also remember the fulfillment I’d get with finishing a piece of poetry, for it’s been quite a while since I’ve written any of that either. So, those are things that are inevitably going to change: as early as today. I’ve always advocated for making time for the things you love to do, and now that I’m able to handle all of my to-dos in a timely fashion, I can get back to my creative process.
I find that when I leave it alone for a while, when I stop reading, when I haven’t written anything in quite a while, jumping back in is one of the most difficult things to do. Though, once it starts up again, I undoubtedly feel like I’ve once again got a handle on things. Speaking of! It’s the last day of this offtrack blogging schedule, and returning to Mondays will also help to keep me on track. I know very well, that wanting to make time for the things you want to do, and actually working towards making that time are two completely different things. The truth is, I can’t do everything all at once, even if I’d like to think I’d somehow have enough hours in the day to do exactly that.
Writing is, and will always be the kind of creative release I need. I’ve read a few pieces this past week that has jumpstarted my need to get back into things such as:
- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”
- Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”
- Kate Chopin’s “The Storm”
“Nothing gets me going like reading something that makes me want to write.”