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So what’s going on with me this month?
Well, I’m back from a week of coughing hell. I was sick last week. I coughed until my chest and throat burned. Had a headache, a fever, and a nonexistent appetite for half the week. Never again…knock on wood.
I’m now hale and hearty and way behind schedule. Of course, my sickliness alone wasn’t the cause of my lack of progress made. Lately, I’ve been feeling another bout of creative blahness. Which then also led to me procrastinate in doing other things. Like binge reading and binge watching anime on Crunchyroll. All the while, I’m still actually writing the story inside my head.
For example, I was stuck with the bonus short, “Taming the Beast,” from the Foreseen series. I had nothing but vague plot bunnies that just weren’t hopping. Yet during this time, I managed to finish writing the middle. And other parts of the story until there are two parts left, with new plot points, before it’s complete.
So either I’m making progress or no progress been made. Are you as confused as I am? Then the answer came to me in TED Talks. Maybe, the procrastination, lack of progress, starting quickly and slowness to finish is a culmination of my own creative process. One that will not lead me to an endgame of good enough. But to creating something that only I can write. That it’s alright to rush ahead only to slow down. Because I have to believe. Either by hook and crook, in the end, I would’ve written something great to share with the world.
February 6 question – Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?
Hhhhmm, tough. Does reading count as a creative outlet? But when I was younger, arts and crafts were my creative outlets. I especially loved making bracelets and keychains using lanyard strings. Of course I only knew three stitches, the box, the barrel and the Chinese staircase. Found a few of the ones I made back in the 90s and became nostalgic.
What’s your creative process? Are your a prolific writer or a slow writer? What are your thoughts on Adam Grant’s theory of the moderate procrastinator? Agree or disagree? Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?