Writing Time, Part 62. Adventures Outside Comfort Zones

untitledEndurance is one of the great challenges in our writing careers—holding on with tenacious minds to the idea that we can do this, even though we’re working on page 17 with 350 left to go. But, even more boldly, we’re also attempting to devise something brilliant, something that has never been made before. Originality has always been a daunting sort of goal. Making something out of nothing is the ultimate creation within the arts. By definition, creation takes us out of our comfort zones.

One trick to time management and self-motivation, is to find a way enjoy the tension and fear, rather than frittering our drafting time away with other things in an unconscious avoidance of a big leap in storytelling or any tricky aspect in our writing careers.

It’s kind of like a day up Whistler, I guess, facing the most challenging run we’ve ever taken. And, we never wanted it to be easy. If we do this crazy thing, we do it because we know we can. It’s down to us to find a line and follow it, and to choose—not whether we’ll do it, we already know we will, we’re equipped with the skills we need, we’ve paid our bucks, and won’t turn back—but choose to enjoy the ride and wear a cool smile while the snow arcs up around us. What a great day this is. Of writing, I mean. Darn, I’d love a day up Whistler, too.

I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers Mel

muse smallThis week from @yourwritingmuse:

I admire your discipline as you create time blocks for planning, drafting, & revising during your busy week. Your Writing Muse 

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