It has been a while since I’ve written a blog post on my latest series that covers the locations Evan and his intrepid companions travel through in The Labyrinthine Journey. I promise, I will get back to the series in due course.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
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Since the Virtual Book Launch (VBL), I have found it difficult to get back into writing, posting articles on my blog and on social networking sites. I am tired. Perhaps a better word is exhausted, and I haven’t been motivated or interested in writing. Working full-time doesn’t help either; early starts and late arriving back home.
I want to apologise to my wonderful and loyal readers for my absence. It wasn’t by choice, rather circumstances have intervened and as a result, I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like. I will continue the series on the Minoans, as they are fascinating and are the premise for the trilogy I am writing, but first I want to fill you as to what has been happening.
I had an interesting incident happen last week, one that still confounds me. Let me set the scene for you: a colleague was preparing for a big event, a wonderful and possibly one leading into a new career and I was happy for them. They sent out emails about the pending event and asked to forward the message on. As the date drew near, more emails were sent reminding everyone to reply back with numbers. In between all this, I received some good news and because this person was helpful in making it possible I shared it with them.
A friend of mine suggested first thing every morning to write down whatever comes to mind. She got this from reading The artist’s way by Julia Cameron. I haven’t as yet read this book but the idea is to put down on paper your feelings: good and bad. She found the exercise useful because she would write down the negative feelings, get the angst out and now it has changed to more positive writing. I suppose it is like a self-healing process; identifying what has been making you unhappy or feeling particularly down and by expressing them, you are giving them a voice and in a way dealing with them. So I have begun writing a journal.
I was almost going to call this post ‘Self Actualisation’ and in some ways it is however, the current title is more apt. I remember at university studying child psychology and learning about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, of which ‘self actualisation’ is at top of the five stages of need. Simply, it is realising your personal potential and achieving self-fulfilment. I understood this in principal and thought I had achieved this, but truthfully always felt something was lacking. I wasn’t quite there yet as it turns out.
Do you ever wonder whether some days you’re on the right path and doing what you should be? I did and all it took strangely enough, was a temporary position I was in. You don’t know you are going to miss something until its taken from you. I made a conscious decision to keep writing when I got home from work. I did try but it just didn’t work for me. I know lots of people do it and manage it well, but I’m not one of those individuals. My brain doesn’t function well when tired.
The revelation happened when the job was coming to the end and work colleagues were asking what my intentions were when I finished. The answer was simple and honest. I miss writing and will be focussing on finishing my short story with the plan to get it published by Christmas. This is the first time ever in my life I knew this was right. I mean really right. How often does that ever happen? I have no idea because this is a first for me and it is wonderful and liberating.
What did I do to have this happen? Not much really, except accept and acknowledge what I am doing. I am looking forward to whatever happens from here on because I am ready.
Has anyone else have or had similar experiences?
I have just discovered something about myself that I wasn’t aware of before and it doesn’t really come as a surprise.
I can’t seem to write at night. I think it comes down to one thing: my brain is tired. Even now I have to admit the flow of words is a struggle as is the typing. I definitely make more typos and my spelling falls to the side. Writing during the day is certainly more productive and the creative juices are abundant.
Though this is a new aspect about myself I have learnt, it is something I can deal with. No point stressing about it, certainly won’t solve anything. Now I just need to develop new strategies and only do what I can in the evenings.
The question I’d like to ask you all is, do you have similar issues?
Why is it when people think of success they equate it with money? Is it the only yardstick we should be using? And what is success really?
‘I write to discover what I think.’ Joan Didion
Being patient is not one of my greatest virtues. If it was possible I would like certain things to have already happened rather than wait for it to happen. It goes hand in hand with not able to control certain elements of your life. Don’t get me wrong, you can control some things but like getting feedback or a positive response from a literary agent, it isn’t always probable. It’s also frustrating. I am waiting to start the next stage in my career as writer but its all pending on whether the agent/s love my work. As they say, all it takes is one and the right agent to get on board.
I was thinking about what to blog when my sister suggested how I keep motivated to write. Great idea!
First and foremost, I love to write and secondly, though these two points are really on par, is the ambition to be published. I have never felt so strongly or wanted something badly, the only exception is travelling. I love to travel. Though for the time being, travel will have to go on the back-burner until finances improve. Continue reading
One of the most difficult thing to realise is fulfilling your dreams. Its funny, as a teacher I would often tell students to follow their hearts and do what you love. Yet here I was doing the opposite. I became a teacher because it’s what I wanted to do, but over time it became a burden and my heart wasn’t in it. And then the Universe was sending lots of messages I failed to take note of and simply wasn’t ready to listen. Well, finally I did listen and here I am doing exactly what I have been preaching to hundreds of students.