This idea resonates most with me regarding trying to
force yourself to create –
either in a vacuum
pushing ideas that have little to no passion.
I don’t know how many advice pages I’ve read, or quotes for that matter,
that encourage you to write:
a) when you’re not inspired
b) whenever you can fit it in
c) when you don’t “feel” like it
I agree that writing at these times serves a purpose –
it keep you writing.
I do not focus on creative or imaginative writing when I follow these pieces of advice:
I need to be inspired…
I need a block of “me” time…
I need to want to write…
If these basic needs are not met, quite frankly my writing sucks
I throw it out.
“Oh, the horror – she throws out her writing!”
I’m not a pack-rat.
If it doesn’t resonate with me, I get rid of it.
If the idea is sound but the follow-through is crap,
I keep what’s good and ditch the rest.
If I don’t enjoy what I am creating,
then it’s not worth my time
I need my imagination to be ‘in focus’ to create my fiction.
What about you?
I agree completely. Writing time is a luxury in my life. I try to make the most of it, but there are days I just don’t have time. I’ve gone for months without a project at all. I’ve also used vacation to write when I’m passionate about it.
I don’t like the mantra “a writer can write anywhere” or the idea that a ‘writer’ must write daily or they’re not truly a writer – that’s a load of crock to me. We all write for different reasons and if it takes a vacation (which I’ve done too) to find the right kind of time to produce some quality prose/poetry then so be it 😀 A writer is not defined by quantity but the quality of their work and their passion.
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