Yesterday was a full day. I had the opportunity to work with two different clients. There were major differences in the meetings, but similarities as well. They were both enthusiastic meetings. Meetings that triggered enthusiasm in our processes. I want to write about the first one, this morning.
Our conversation took us to the topic of blogging, why it's important to post regularly, and how to push through to the other side of the inner criticisms that get in the way of regular writing. We didn't discuss "why we blog" since we've gone over that topic before and seem to be on the same page of that question. But we did do a little exercise to help spark some future entries.
I can thank Natalie Goldberg and her classic, Writing Down the Bones, for the idea. I don't recall any one passage I could quote for you; I've read the book so many times her ideas have just become a part of the way I sometimes approach my writing. So what we did yesterday was get out our notebooks, I said "go," and we started writing. "Whatever comes to the surface," I suggested. At some point she said, "I'm getting blocked. I keep thinking of (that thing that had sparked irritation in her mind and we'd discussed earlier) and it gets me off track." "Use it," I told her. "It's important to you and you can get good blogging material out of it." We wrote more, then read to each other.
Later, sitting at the computer, looking at some examples, she picked up where I'd left off. Something I said reminded her of something she'd meant to write earlier. "Hey, that's good!" she said. And picked up her notebook again.
The processes of any creative endeavor are not always easy. They're not always fun. Sometimes we have to train harder, and sometimes we even have to trick ourselves. But I'm confident they're worth it. Tricks or no tricks.
I'm lucky I get to work with people who "get it" and "get me" when I share my processes with them.
Now my process has to take me back to the more challenging times. While sometimes blogging is the hard part, as my client and I discussed, sometimes it's also the easier part. Sometimes I think I would let myself get immersed in the writing and forget that there's also other work to be done. So now I'll return to that work. I've given myself "homework" from that second meeting I mentioned to you. It's gonna' be fun. But first I have to sit down and just start. Sometimes that's the biggest hurdle of all!