I have a new book due in August. I can’t tell you what it’s about yet, but trust me – I’m running late. I’ve been traveling around the country speaking at events and doing the “Jolt!” book tour, and time has been slipping away. But the good thing is that it’s normal. Yep – I’m a last minute, panicky type of writer. I’ve discovered that if I sit down too early, I have nothing to say. So I put it off and put it off – all the while thinking about the topic, and rolling it around in my head. Plus, I’m reading, researching, and discussing it with people.
Then, as I get frighteningly near the deadline, I sit down and it just pours out of my head onto the page. The ideas build up behind the dam and when I finally open the gates, “writer’s block” is the least of my problems. That doesn’t mean it’s good, but I’ve discovered that waiting is a positive thing for me.
So I’m running late as usual, but hopefully, I’ll be OK. So what’s the take away?
Too many people struggle with creative work because they don’t recognize their personal style and work within those boundaries. Whatever yours is, figure it out and take it seriously.
What time of day do you do your best work?
Is the atmosphere of the room important?
Music or no music?
How do you handle distractions?
Whatever it is, follow it. The results will be dramatic.
Let me know what the best conditions for creativity are for you…