Hello all, thought I’d stop by for a quick chat. The last time we spoke, I exposed my deepest belief with you, about how the Energy of Creation flows through us on a daily basis, but kind of left it there and never came back. Summer has since passed like a warm July breeze, and it’s time for me to get back to it.
Today, I want to talk about why my next book series, tentatively titled “Tales from the Storyroom”, is taking longer than it should to come out. In an ideal world, I would be here presenting the first part of the 3-book series, but I found myself casting doubt over what I had written. I didn’t feel my creation was jiving with the flow of Energy that inhabits me. If asked, I couldn’t have given a single clear response as to why, all I knew was it didn’t say what I wanted it to say. This meant I had to leave it and search for the essence I need to produce a book I can be proud of.
I put the book aside and went looking for writing contests – they’re often a good way for me to explore new ideas or unblock my mind – and as I sat down to produce a short story for a contest, I realized I had changed something during the writing of Tales from the Storyroom. Normally, when I sit down to write, I turn on the word processor and look down at my keyboard for a good 5 minutes, letting my mind wander as I gaze at the letters of the keyboard. When I do this, the Energy of Creation shows itself to me with clarity and I can write knowing I am “connected”.
I didn’t do that during the writing of part one of the series, and now I know that is why I can’t accept it as complete and ready for editing yet.
I wrote the first book with a constant feeling of being rushed. Every page, every sentence, was a battle. I had (and still have one) a plan, characters had (and still have) backstory, and I knew what each ending should be (and still do). Except that by bypassing my little ritual of keyboard staring, I never quite established a true connection with the Cosmos and that ended up creating a story that trudges along from one turning point to the next. I love when a book fills the gaps with philosophical, scientific, or social comments. For me, the only way to attain that goal is to take the time to connect before starting to write.
I wanted to share this with you because when I do, it pushes me to follow through. I wrote and talked about it, I better be true to my word. Also, for those of you writing a book, a blog, or anything else, maybe my little trick will help you fight through a period of writer’s block or create more flow when you write. So, in order:
1. Open your word processor (and turn on the music, or any action to be fully comfortable)
2. Look down and stare at your keyboard for at least 5 minutes
3. Let your mind wander, don’t let any single thought dominate
4. After you clear your mind, you will know what you need to write
That’s it for now, as you know, I can’t promise when I’ll be back, but I will 😊