“Come on; just start.”
“NO. The sun is finally shining, the buds are bursting, the birds are singing. I’m going out.”
“But people want to read your stories. You make them smile. Don’t let them down.”
“I have spring fever. I want to go outside without putting on all the layers: the scarf, the gloves, the heavy jacket.”
“Just sit down for a little while. Turn on the computer. Start typing.”
“But that’s what I did all winter when it was too cold to go outside. My brain is calling for a break. Yes: I need a brain break.”
“Write about your vacation.”
“Nobody wants to hear about someone else’s vacation. That is so boring.
“Write about all those weddings you saw on the beach.”
“What a cliche; weddings on the beach. I’m going out right now and enjoying this beautiful weather before Mother Nature changes her mind.”
So I shut the computer, push the chair back under the desk, leave the many messy memos all over the desk as they may be, and get going.
Sunscreen, cell phone and pedometer in place, fearless writer ventures outside ready to embark on a healthy, invigorating power walk. Ah, the freedom from pressure; the joy of moving, the healthy feeling of expanding the cardiac rate.
The mind is free. The mind is so free that it wanders. The mind thinks of a new story. This new story cannot wait to be written. Enough cardio strengthening, enough muscle toning, writer happily skips back home to the writing room and starts typing the newest idea, sashaying and shaping it into a story.
Working the words, foraging for form, taming the tone: This is refreshing, rewarding, renewing. This is what a writer must do.
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It does seem that many of our ideas for writing come to us when we’re not trying. I guess it’s that relaxed state of “no pressure”. Or maybe Miss Muse is just jealous for attention. You might be interested in this one. http://birdiesiview.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/birdies-muse/
Interesting theories, Paula. I approve of “not trying,” and waiting for something interesting to come along begging to be written about.
Exactly. Even a short break form blogging will enable you to make a great new post.
OK; I’m taking a short break and waiting to see what terrific new post I might come up with. PLease stay tuned.
The writer’s mind cannot be tamed. You’ve obviously made peace with that.
I am still fighting windmills sometimes, but reality always wins out. You are right: I should accept that fact. I never used to understand my niece, who is a composer. We’d be doing something, when she had to run somewhere to write down a piece of music she heard in her mind. Ah, the creative process!
Beautiful, Ronnie. I share your desire to get out, get recharged … and, get back into the chair and write a satisfying yarn. Keep up the great work.
Thanks, Judy. I can’t seem to get out of the chair for very long.
Ronnie, you are actually writing prose/poetry (combination) in this story. It is very lyrical.
Extra good job!
Really? I must have been sleep walking when I wrote it; I don’t know how to write poetry.
I extra thank you for commenting.
OH How I long to go outside without all those bloody layers! AGREED! However to get my walk I must put all my layers back on, it is snowing out there! c
…as it will be doing here in a couple of hours. Some spring this is turning out to be~
great to hear from you, Celi.
This really is what a writer must do!
Creative piece. Sometimes, our basic daily operations can inspire something new and interesting.
Lovely post! 🙂
New and interesting is what we hope to find to make our stories worth reading.
I had to make the same decision. I’ve been in the garden causing mayhem with a pair of secateurs. Let’s hope things flourish. I’ve just come in to the computer after a day outside and I’m invigorated. Way to go.
I hope those secateurs (or pruning shears, as we call them here) don’t cut off all the flowering buds. When the real spring arrives I think we will all experience lapses in our posts.
nothing like a good brisk walk to wake the inspirational side of the brain…
I hope your brisk walks ennobles the business side of your brain, Bulldog. Hope things are going well with your new project.
Amen sista! 🙂
…and right back attcha.
Just loved reading your story. I can just see you going through all the motions. Great mental visuals. Not sure how to describe the piece other than, it felt very real.
It can be real for any task you set out to do but have some sort of temporary glitch.
Writing is definitely hard work.
I find it’s getting the ideas that is hard work. Once I know what I want to write about, the rest is relatively easy.
You have definitely caught the fever – and I don’t mean spring fever. It’s our blogger’s need to make a story out of just about anything! And the fun of it is in the thinking and then in the translating to words, and then “wrestling with the words, foraging for form, taming the tone.” A great post!
Thank you for your very kind words. I think if we’re lucky, as writers, new ideas keep flowing and we have something to write about. We’re just a bunch of old fashioned story tellers, aren’t we?
Fresh air and exercise are great ways to clear the head and find inspiration! Happy Spring!
How wonderful to finally be able to say those words. Happy spring to you too.
It is amazing that a writer’s mind is constantly grasping a story wherever it happens to roam. We’re just lucky, I guess!
You’re right, Bev. It’s the creative juices that flow at the least provocation!
So glad that you managed to combine both of your passions! Writing leading to needing to go for a walk leading to needing to write…perfect. And just so you know–I’d love to see pictures of beach weddings! LOL
Sylvia, I’d love to show you those pictures. But we had to stand at a respectable distance from the ceremony, and as much as I love my phone camera it does not have a zoom lens. Therefore I can show you a blur of white and suggest that you imagine a bride. I was always told that seeing a bride is good luck, so I will share that with you.
Always do what makes you happy… nature wins every time with me…. 🙂 so in the summer months you will not see me as much in blogland.. 🙂 have a great weekend Ronnie.. xox
I agree, Sue; aren’t we lucky that there are no deadlines that we have to meet except the ones that buzz in our own brains?
Yes Ronnie, sometimes we can be our own worst enemy as we put ourselves under pressure of expectations from others instead of pleasing ourselves..
Be Happy with what ever you chose to do 😉
LOL…I know how you feel
It’s something we all go through at some time; ‘just hope it passes quickly.
You can maybe take your computer outside and write…lol
Great solution; if I can find a router extender that syncs with mine and extends the range of my computer’s connection. Why doesn’t the “cloud” work if I’m outside sitting right under the clouds?
I know right?! There’s gotta be a way!
Should we contact Tim Cook and ask if Apple will work on one?