Creativity: Time for a Break


Journal / Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

After this week I won’t be posting as often as I have been. I’m contracted to write a book—a novel—and the deadline is looming ever closer.

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to focus on more than one creative outlet at a time. If I focus on too many things, my attention and my creativity get thinned out and scattered, and that’s perfect breeding ground for anxiety.

It’s as if my creativity uses just one channel, and no more than two things are able flow down it at the same time. They bump along, pushing each other out of the way, like kids going down a waterslide in rubber rings.

Which kid wins? It’s usually the fat one. He creates the biggest splash and then demands to be fed.

I thought I could write my blog at the weekends. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing since December; writing as many blog posts as I can over the weekend and scheduling them to be posted at the same time, every day. That way I didn’t have to give my blog too much attention.

But the scheduled posts are coming to an end—I think I have 2 or 3 left, which will take me up to the end of this week—and my weekends are now spent stewing in ideas for my book.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll post something when I feel like it (or when the thinner kid manages to squeeze past) but at the moment, as I said, I won’t be posting as often as I have been. I just thought I’d write this wee post in case anybody wonders where my daily haiku and poetry have gone to.

Thanks for reading.

Gavin

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6 Replies to “Creativity: Time for a Break”

    1. 🙂 Thank you. And thank you for reminding me to have fun writing it. When you’re in the shadow of a deadline, you can easily forget that.

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