Flow is a recurrent theme in my writing. For some reason, I pay a lot of attention to the stream of it: when, what kind, how much, and maybe, why? I do so in hopes of maximizing my optimum output.
(Colonization: Rivers, by Tahlia)
I touched on this subject at the end of last year, Going with Flow, thinking that ‘going with the flow,’ would be my 2012 writing motto. Well, I’m finding myself back in the same boat. The river of creativity has me paddling hard, as I am already drafting a new story before I can finish the previous one. One side of me says, “You have to finish each piece before starting a new one,” but that feels like catching puppies, and so for now, I’m letting these little terrors loose.
When this occurred back in January, I decided to run a test, and ‘go with the flow’ of my writing, that creative, focus-negligent self, to see what happened—fingers crossed that my focus-diligent self would return. And she did. It might not have been the exact day or even week that I wanted to get it back, but it did happen. In that, I was successful in not only getting all those stories I started finished, but a few of them went on to be published and accepted too.
So, it’s happening again. Concentration? Editing? Pish, tish. I’ve got the momentum to create, and I’m going to paddle or die. (No kayaking withdrawals here.)
What about you? I dare you to take a risk with your own writing, whether it is flow, outlining, or however a new challenge may present itself. Greatness never landed on anyone’s doorstep, and you never know what cool, new writing pattern might better your writing.