Hey everybody – I’m excited to have J. Scott Sharp guest blogging this weekend!! Besides the fact that he is a great guy, friend, Tweeter, blogger, he is the author of several works including his latest, “Not Even There” available on Amazon.com – get your Kindle edition now!! Please also take some time to check out his blog at http://jscottsharp.blogspot.com/ – You’re going to love it! Now, please join me in welcoming Jason (hope I didn’t just blow his cover by revealing the secret to the ‘J’) as he discusses muses, handcuffs and the sweet spot – wow, this could get interesting…
First, I want to thank Sheila for an opportunity to kidnap her blog. She’s so awesome and I am so thankful to have gotten a chance to know her. I promise I will try to leave her blog in the same shape as I found it. Okay…maybe not.
I really wanted to talk about those times when a writer gets into the flow, the zone, the sweet spot, if you will. How many of you can say that you get into this Heaven for writers? It is a land of unicorns and rainbows. A place where all of your favorite music plays and the rivers run with literary gold. Okay….I’m exaggerating. A little.
The other day, I was sitting at work. I typically go to work hours early so that I can get some writing done before I get started with my duties for the day. On this particular day, I wanted to write, but I was afraid to get started because I didn’t know where the story was going from here. I had already written 1000 words the day before and I wanted to write another 1000 for that day. I didn’t know where the story was going or what I wanted to say. I didn’t know what I wanted to do.
And that day, I learned a very important lesson about the process of being creative. It is a lesson that many people have told me over many years. I either wasn’t listening, or thought they were full of it (so sorry to those people. I’m a slow learner LOL). The lesson I learned is if you can’t sit down and write,do it anyway. If you don’t know what to write, then sit in front of your computer and use that time to think about your story, but don’t get on Twitter or email or watch a movie. This time is for your writing. If you aren’t going to write, then you will just sit there until you do.
The muse is stubborn. Sometimes, he is right in your face, giving you every word and sometimes, your muse isn’t coming with you unless you handcuff him or her and force them to come along.
That day I had no idea what I was going to write. My mind was like a dry desert. I had not one idea in my head (which really isn’t that unusual LOL). But I sat down any way and the words started to flow, flow like those rivers of literary gold (or at least bronze). I left that experience with the best feeling I had ever had writing. A feeling like there was nothing I couldn’t do. A feeling like it was all going to go right, and if it didn’t, it was okay. I could always fix it in edits. I wasn’t afraid to put words on the page.
That is one of the best feelings in the world!