His short blog comments on the creative process, and how sometimes you just need to pull back inside your own head. (I am not quoting…nor am I really paraphrasing) I get that. Amanda and I have been working on our book for a long time (I am not going to embarrass myself by telling you all exactly how long) now, and my experience has been that I was most productive in the shortest amount of time when I was not writing the blog – meaning before we ever came up with the idea for Daily Duranie. While I knew that having the blog was the smartest thing for us to do on a sort of “overall career-ish level”, it is incredibly difficult do write the blog and the book at the same time. Often, I run out of time after the blog is finished and posted for the day (which frustrates me to no end). And still more often, I have family members breathing down my neck. (Quite literally at the moment – my youngest is hanging onto the back of my chair insisting that I pay attention and play a game.) The short answer is no – I really don’t know how I get much done. (And sometimes – I really don’t get much done!!) It isn’t just the youngest though, it is the constant questions. “Are you finished yet?” “How long until it is done?” “Why are you writing about that?” “Do you really think anyone will want to read such a thing?” It’s annoying and exhausting. (And those questions are just from my FAMILY….) So, when John mentions that there is energy to be stored in privacy, I get it. In spades.
The one thing I really openly wish – and this will never come for a variety of reasons that I don’t dare print much less acknowledge – is that I could be left to just write. That doesn’t mean unplugging myself from all of you as much as it means that I would love to have a short period of time where I could actually just keep writing. Other writers out there will understand what I mean when I say that when I do feel a creative surge coming – the very last and most difficult thing to do is to stop. Yet that is what my entire life is like. I get on a roll with a chapter and then its time to go get my youngest. Or fix dinner. Or do laundry. Or the 1,000 other things I have to do during each day. It makes life tough, and at this point I really have no recourse but to trudge along and try my best. I’ve learned that as a parent and even as a spouse, my needs often come last, and this is no exception. It does not make the process less difficult, which must mean that if in fact I do finish this book (and I will, dammit), it means I must really want it to happen. I do. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t even have office space aside from my trusty dining room table. I have begged and pleaded for my own space, but its not happening…for that same variety of reasons I don’t want to think about right now. So once again, I found myself nodding in full agreement with John’s blog. I hope he is far more creative than I am at the moment!:
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