The Return to Flow

Writing, subbing, editing, subbing, writing, writing . . . that’s pretty much been the flow lately. Flow. Is that connected more to speed or direction? In any case, I’m in a rapid river downhill.

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.

4 thoughts on “The Return to Flow”

  1. That’s so interesting, Erin. I can see how that would work. And you get the not inestimable benefit of enjoying what you’re doing.


  2. I think it’s a great process, because after that first draft, I am in the first draft mode, and the other first drafts finish easier this way. Same is true with the editing.

    I think it has improved my stories – there is more time for them to germinate, and so when I go back to edit, I seem to have a better overall picture of the story.

    Thanks Deb!


  3. I’m so pleased that it’s worked for you, Erin. Trust the innate process.

    I must admit I’m scared to try. I think I would just first draft infinitum. But, on the other hand, what have I got to loose?

    Do you feel the quality of the stories written within the flow has improved?


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