Flow has deep roots in the nature of our make-up…just read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book, “Flow,” and you will relearn how the path of least resistance cultivates positive change. The more we ‘flow’ with our environment, the better our chance for success than if we don’t. Opposing forces, or flow, not only waste energy, but increase the risk for failure.
So, what the heck does this have to do with writing? Well, I think it is becoming my new writing mojo for 2012. I have been noticing a pattern, consistent periods of diligence (editing), creativity (story ideas and plotting), and ‘just do it,’ (submitting, networking-the non-gab variety, killing my procrastinations, etc.) phases in my writing lately.
When I make the most of whatever phase I am in, good things (usually) happen. But if I fight a phase, by trying to do something else, I end up frustrated and/or disappointed. These phases often come at inappropriate times, don’t last long enough or last too long, but I’m better off going with the flow of them.
Last week, I started six new stories, ten pages of very rough draft ideas. It is driving me batty to have all this unfinished material potentially softening into my subconscious, but I’m going to go with the flow of creativity, and keep penning out crazy ideas, in hopes that my ‘diligent’ self returns—soon at that—and transforms these beauties into the good stuff.
What about you? Do you have different phases in your writing? Do you try to flow with it or do you find yourself fighting them due to what you ‘think’ you should be doing instead?