The secret about that “big burst of creativity” you’re waiting for.
Waiting around for inspiration?
Might want to start a pot of hot water for your tea. Or plant a redwood tree. With a seed.
Because it’s probably going to be a while.
But it’s so much more fun to talk about, wish for, and gossip about parties about that all-nighter you pulled and wrote that book. Oops, I mean, plan to write.
I’ll stop the prancing around the topic: it’s just not going to happen.
Oh sure, it’s possible. You can absolutely make it happen. No question. But will you? Oh, and when?
Here’s a thought: forget it. Toss the whole “marathon-writing-weekend-where-I-write-the-greatest-novel” out the window. Just let it go.
Did you feel that? That feeling was a weight on your shoulders that you’ve been holding onto for months if not years. Maybe most of your life. Feels good, doesn’t it?
But how are you going to get it done?
Every Single Day
I know, I know. I’m so predictable.
Ha, that’s my joke and my secret: I’m predictable. Do you know how often I write? It’s all in the title: Every Single Day. It’s not when I feel like it or when lightning strikes or when I plan a big, fat, juicy 48-hour write-till-I-drop party. It’s so, so, so much simpler than that. I just write every day.
There you go. You can leave the $597 at the door on your way out — the fee to the workshop on How to Attain the Dream you’ve been Dreaming About your Entire Life course. Because let me tell you another secret: dreams are a whole lot of fun to dream about. But when you get down to the nitty gritty, the actual work, the separation of those who do and those who dream? Now we’re talking about achieving dreams, not just dreaming them.
So put that thought of the romantic weekend at the mountain cabin back where it belongs: in the trash. Not the recycling, the trash. In fact, you could better yet put it in the fireplace because you’re not going to need it again and it’d be best if you didn’t taint someone else with the poison of the dream.
One last tip: if you can’t seem to part with your dream, here’s how to crush it: start it right now. Don’t worry about the mountain cabin and the cup of tea and the view of the lake. Stop what you’re doing and start acting on your dream.
Just start. It’s so painful. But like the blood prick of the needle at the doctor, the pain goes away quickly and then you just let it flow (the creativity, not the blood).