Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Creativity River

Well, it's getting down to the wire. I have 5-8 more chapters that are in the cooker, ready to be written. I have pages of journal entries that need to be transcribed. I have plenty of content editing to do. I have to decide on a name. All in all, that's not much.
In the last week or so I have had the disconcerting feeling of not being focused on finishing these things. I have been coaching myself and pushing myself to write what needs to be written. It just hasn't been coming.
I am relieved today because I had a realization. Creativity is a funny animal. It shifts and flows in ways that are mysterious to even those infected by it. My creativity has recently shifted and my thoughts and musings have revolved more around the practical nature of this being, my book. I want to get it organized. I want to find its format. I'd love for it to have a name. These are the things my mind and heart are pondering. I was worried about that until I realized this is simply where the creative river has taken me. It is perfectly perfect.
I will finish the chapters. I will transcribe the journals. I will also be spending time sorting through what is already been done to find the shape of this book. I may not be posting every day, as I have done over the last few months. I'm working it out. Wish me luck and the power of the muse!

1 comment:

Laurie said...

I totally relate to many of your feelings in this post--as a veteran of many types of illness, some mild, some serious, some permanent, some temporary, I sort of have to believe that everything I'e learned along the way and the battles I've fought mean that maybe things will be different for other people.

You have so much wisdom to impart!

As for the title, my suggestion is to just keep writing away. The right title will come to you--perhaps this one is it?--and you will know it. You could also go on Amazon and look up books with similar titles or content to make sure they're not already in use--you want to be different!-- and if the title search is getting frustrating, always keep in mind that editors might change it, anyway. Not that you'd want them to, but maybe that will take the pressure off :)