Where does creativity come from?
I've been floundering around between several projects for the last couple weeks. I'm getting things done that need finishing. I've been making progress, but it's so scattered that I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything.
I tried several times during the last couple weeks to sit down and write something, but it just wasn't happening. I don't like to think of it as writer's block. More like I just put out something I have been working on for years, and I needed some time for my creative reservoirs to refill.
Today, I had an idea. It's something that has been floating around in my head for a while now, and today I was ready to write it. I'm not sure why it all came together today, but whenever I can, I try to sit down and write when the mood strikes. I wrote a new 10 minute play this morning. There's a local playwriting contest coming up, and I think I may submit it. Why not?
My creativity is on its way back! It just needed a little vacation.
Meanwhile, I am still putting my book out there. SuperGym: Get Fit or Die Trying is a dystopian fitness nightmare that will keep you guessing until the end.
It's easy to get lost in the big dreams - the major goals - and forget to celebrate the small victories.
Small steps add up, and each one is a step closer to the big dream. The key is to embrace every victory and never, ever give up.
It's time to change my perspective.
Recently, I stumbled onto an article about being a writer, more specifically knowing when you have become a writer. Even after writing several plays and books, I still struggle to see myself as a writer. Because I am too focused on the big goals. Too focused on whether or not I am talented. This article brought up a great Stephen King quote from his book, On Writing.
"If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented." - Stephen King
Am I talented? If I go by this quote, the answer is yes, so I'm going to agree with my favorite author and stop worrying about it. Worrying is a waste of energy.
I'm pretty excited because a couple of my plays are being performed around the U.S. An Empress, A Faun, and... Olive Loaf? is being performed in Texas and West Virginia. It's been produced several times before, including a couple productions in Australia. I love seeing different interpretations of my words. It's thrilling. This is one (awesome) version of my script.
One of my self-published plays, The Worst Play Ever, is having it's debut in Illinois. I'm very excited about this one. I love this show so much, and I'm glad others will get to enjoy it. I can't wait to see what they do with it!
Small steps. Big dreams. I am so grateful to be able to share my stories.
It's been forever since I blogged. The holidays were crazy. Back to school has been crazy, too. I've done some revising, but I took some time off during the holidays. I kept journaling to keep myself sane, but I haven't been creating. I need to start creating again.
Today, I am writing a new short play. There are two ten minute play competitions that I like to enter, and I just started outlining a new idea. I've put off writing it for a couple days, though. I like to let new ideas percolate and develop, but I've put this one off for another reason. I'm not ready to deal with it.
I use writing to deal with problems and emotions. I think most writers do this. It helps me look at my feelings in an honest way. It might not be the best way to deal with problems, but it does produce some good writing. I never like to put out anything too personal, but bits and pieces work their way in. It's a relief. Once I write about something I'm able to let it go. At least for a little while.
I'm excited to get back into my writing routine. I've missed it. In addition to the new play, I am revising my new book. Revising is difficult and sometimes boring work, but not with this one. I love this book already. I'm really looking forward to working on it and making it the best it can be. No matter how long it takes.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.