A pep talk for writers #1

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

This morning I read a passage in The War of Art by Steven Pressfield that I found helpful for where I am in my writing process. (I’m revising, and this week it feels especially daunting.)

“[A pro] understands that all creative endeavor is holy, but she doesn’t dwell on it. She knows if she thinks about that too much, it will paralyze her. So she concentrates on technique.”

Takeaway: Focus more on the technique, the craft, the practice of writing, and less on the end result, the masterpiece, the goal. Enjoy the journey. Write to be a better writer.

When the muse calls…

write-inCreativity is flow. For me, it comes through when I release resistance and clear out fear. As long as I’m worried about writing or drawing badly, I’m not creating. When I let go of the fear, I open to what comes. And sometimes, that leaves space for flashes of inspiration to appear.

Inspiration is great and all, but you can’t wait for it to strike. Typical writing advice will tell you that the best place to be when your muse hits is in front of your computer. (Or notebook, or whatever.) Confession: I haven’t spent a lot of time at my desk lately. Continue reading

Focus

Photographer

Wearing my metaphorical photographer hat

Sometimes I think being well-rounded is overrated.

 

I’m a member of the “gig economy,” which basically means I’m self-employed and have a lot of different jobs. But wearing so many hats gets exhausting after a while. I attended a networking event this week and had no idea how to introduce myself. Normally I don’t mind the “What do you do?” question at all, but this time I felt scattered. My friend asked what I wanted to network for, and I didn’t know. And when I pulled out one of my old business cards, I realized I definitely needed new ones. This of course leads to the next question: What exactly do I include on them? (Creative Consultant? Group Facilitator? Private tutor? Graphic designer? Illustrator? Photographer? Writer? Personal organizer? Personal assistant? Social media manager? Babysitter?)

 

Ask Deepak Chopra sign

2012 Meditation flash mob in Union Square, NYC

When I met Deepak Chopra last year, I got to ask him one question. I asked: “As a creative person who feels pulled between so many projects, how do I make progress on them?” He replied:

“Focus on the one most important thing…for now.”

 

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