I’m not entirely sure what this blog post will be about. It’s just a Saturday afternoon where I’m sick with the flu snuggled on the couch and I feel like writing.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing journey and where I’m at. And I’m at that part in life where everything is aligning itself. It’s an interesting thing to watch. I love being able to look back and see *why* things happened and where I am and how I’ve gotten here.
I’ve decided that writing is 90% mental. It really is. Sure, you need to learn the craft and perfect it—and there are sooooo many elements to writing a great book—but once you have the craft part down, I think the actual creating part (creating something that can move someone… or completely immerse someone… ) you have to have your head in the right place.
I’ve struggled with some health issues as of late, but things are completely resolved now and I feel better than I have in a decade! I can’t believe this is what “normal” people feel like. It’s such a relief to know that I’m alive and here and well and I will be from now on. I’ve also resolved some relationship issues that I spoke about in a past post. And that feels amazing.
So for the first time in forever, my head is clear. And I’m writing better than I have… ever. Things are finally clicking. I struggled all last summer with a project that just wasn’t flowing. But since the New Year, it’s like all the stars have aligned and there isn’t a better feeling than knowing that you’re creating something that feels right on every level.
In the past, I’ve struggled with putting emotion into my stories. I’m not sure why… I think there was a block there—or maybe I just had some growing to do. I’ve always known that my weakness was being plot driven, and not letting the character drive the story forward. So I think that when one embraces their weakness, and focuses on making that a strength, that’s when they really soar.
There are so many things about this writing gig that makes it feel like a race. Being ahead of the trend. Getting your ideas out before someone comes up with something similar and beats you to it. Etc. And yes, this does exist to a point, but at the same time, your work isn’t going to be where it needs to be if you’re focusing on this. So the 90% mental part comes from not only having your head clear, but from emotionally being in the right place. Blocking out everything else and focusing solely on the work.
And I think I’m finally there. I’ve finally reached the point where I’m not concerned about what other people are writing and how it might affect my journey. I’m only concerned about improving my weaknesses and creating the best possible work that I’m capable of.
I can see why it takes years to truly create something beautiful. Because it’s not just about the craft. It’s about what’s going on inside of us. And when we ourselves are balanced, it’s going to show on the page. At least that’s how it’s been for me.
Red. Head. Out. :)