I don’t know about you, but for me sometimes my mind gets stuck in life’s more annoying moments. We all have things, problems, situations, in short life, that gets in our way, but sometimes, a problem will gnaw and remain stubbornly in the head. And that preoccupation can kill the creativity.
I’m sure you’ve had moments like it. That argument with a friend or loved one about something you’ll never agree on. The times when telling what you really think just isn’t possible. Now, for me, it’s times like these when my mind can get locked on certain matters, thinking about what I could have said differently for example.
These things are taking up valuable time and energy and that’s not helping me get what I really want. The story on the page and happiness in my own life.
When this happened most recently, I turned to what I know to help me get back into the storyline. Writing.
To get back on track, I had to get the stuff that annoyed, frustrated or angered me out of my head. So I wrote. In different cases, I tried different things. If what was hanging me up was simple anger because I couldn’t say anything about it, I just channeled that anger into a scene.
It usually works. If I’m so frustrated I need to cause a little fictional mayhem, well, that’s what I do even if it doesn’t fit the current WIP. I get that jotted down, save it, because I might be able to use it later, and get back to work.
There are other times and instances which required a little more introspection and a different approach. Sometimes, I wrote the response that I held back on simply to release the frustration over not being able to say what I felt was right. Other times I’ve simply written about my annoyance, what annoyed me about the situation and acknowledged what I can’t change and what I could.
It’s all about getting those thoughts and emotions out of my head so that I could focus on what’s important now. Writing my stories and being happy.
Happy reading and writing!