I did it. Finally. It's been almost a month since I have written any words for my book. Either of them. Unacceptable. So, after doing morning pages and working through another week of "Walking In This World", by Julia Cameron, I got out my pen and paper and wrote 600 words in 15 minutes. For some reason, that timer thing really works for me. And it keeps the creative juices flowing, keeps me connected with my story. Steven Pressfield, best-selling author, calls putting off the work Resistance. Here's a sweet little video that explains what I mean.
Last week was not a good creative week for me. I only did morning pages four days out of seven, was running here and there and just a little off kilter. I started working on the sales floor at my job, and so I always get a little constricted when starting new things, so there was that. Some early mornings, not sleeping well, etc.
I decided to devote this morning to creative work. First I had to clean my room! It's amazing how utterly messy a 10x12 space can get, but it happens. I cannot create in an untidy space. I took care of a few things I had been putting off, such as paying car insurance. Probably not a good idea if I'm going to drive for Lyft.
Lyft! Yes, it launched in Portland on Friday, April 24th. I have yet to give my first ride, as I have been a little resistant and nervous because that too is new. So many new things! Sometimes I get tired of being in beginner's mind and embracing the suck. But, there is always growth in learning, and I think that is always valuable.
I feel so much better having gotten some words on the page. Some may view creativity as a luxury, but for me, it is a necessity or my soul will wither up and die. It has to be my first priority. So, that means if I work at 9am, I need to be up at 6am so I can get my morning pages in and get some words written towards my book. It's just that simple, but sometimes I make it oh so hard.
I am heading off for work at 1pm. I am hopeful I only have a 4-hour shift to pull so I can get to open mic tonight. No, I am not just hopeful. I trust that I will be out of there at 5:30 pm so I can attend. I am manifesting that shit right now. We have these fun little things at work called "flex shifts" so you never know until 2 hours before if you have to work or not. So I don't know if I'm working 4 hours today or 8. Just some extra fun things working in retail brings.
I need that extra boost of inspiration tonight. Who knows? Maybe I'll read some more poetry. Open mic not only showcases some incredible talent, but feeds my well of inspiration so I can then go out and create more. Plus, it's in Sellwood, which is where my novel is set. Always good to visit the setting of your book, if you can. At least in my opinion. They do say to "write what you know", don't they?
Today I quit resisting my book, and asked my story what it had to tell me. Turns out a lot. 600 words in 15 minutes? Not too bad. And so I soldier on. I am at about 7,000 words so far. Now, if I would have written every day for the last month, that would have been an additional 18,000 words...gulp....25,000 words...gulp... and I would have been a lot further towards my goal of 80,000 words. See where Resistance has got me? Nowhere good. BUT, I am back on track and I kicked Resistance in the ass today. Happy Monday!!!