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Monday, September 27, 2010

Flowing into glorious lives


My Friend Kathy of Well Placed Words dog Mattie, the catahoula hound and my rat terrier puppy Puck, BFF!

The illustration illustrates what I believe we, as writers, should do. Embrace the joy of being what we are. Or, as Kathy said with her own well placed words, "It's supposed to be fun."

Yeah, it is. For most people, writing is not an 8 to 5 job. Not a requirement. So if it's not fun, why do it? I think we all get caught up in writing for the markets, rewriting, editing, selling, re-editing, promoting, blah, blah, blah. Of course, that's part of the creative process too--BUT it's so easy to forget the simple joy of simply creating. And, of course, when I fell so far behind in my entire life, the guilt was great and a glorious excuse and energy suck to not do any thing--even write on my blog! Am I the only one who struggles with these problems?

I suspect not, as was also brought home to me at the Pixie Chicks meeting on Saturday. It's a group of writers of all ages and stages of writing headed by Jane Freund of Freundship Press. All ages and stages, and yet we all struggle with the same blocks to our creativity. (Note: you can join the Pixie Chicks Writers Group on Facebook and participate, even if you don't live in Idaho--although it might be hard to get to the meetings.)

The best is to get into the joyful flow of creating--so how do we do that more often? Readers?

10 comments:

Carol Kilgore said...

Love the photo. Mattie and Puck look very happy to be together. I can relate to being behind. It's never-ending, I think.

Enid Wilson said...

Aim small: I enjoy achieving more than what I've aimed for.

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Dave King said...

Thanks. Well timed. I needed that - just now!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Carol, thanks, and I'm hoping to post about the meme you awarded me, next!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Enid...your sense of humor is huge.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Thanks, Dave.

Lynda Lehmann said...

I guess we just have to work hard on keeping our goals in sight, and give ourselves the time and space to create. Then the joy comes, as a result of our creative endeavors, and it's all worth it!

I've been stuck myself, in all kinds of other concerns, this summer. The frustration drives me NUTS but I know I'll return to a creative routine, every chance I get. It's what keeps me going.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Lynda--you and me both!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

You are so right! It's vital that we remember we write because we love to write - we love words, and characters, and creating more than words on paper. Great post!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Thanks Shannon, it is all about the passion!