This week, I’m thinking about the vortex of creativity I’m in the middle of.
Seriously, look at what’s going on in the next month or so:
- I’m about to take my first real vacation in 5 years.
- Round 3 of ROW80 starts on July 2nd.
- WANA International has launched and we’re having fun.
- I just finished a “practice” Fast Draft session (click here for the results).
- My “real” Fast Draft round with Candace Havens starts on July 7th.
- I’m in the June (WANA612) class with Kristen Lamb and learning SO much!
- I finally get to meet Margie Lawson LIVE in late-July! (Squeee!!)
That’s a whole lot of energy swirling around!
I have no idea where it will take me so I’m just gonna dive in and see how it all plays out. I’ve found that approach works really well for me, though I have creative friends that are HORRIFIED by it.
They’re afraid that if they don’t map their creative path out in minute detail, they’ll hit a snag and be lost. And maybe they will, for a little while.
But it’s kind of like when Hubby and I go on vacation:
- We buy the plane tickets
- Rent a car
- Reserve where we’ll stay
- Take what we need to get Baby Girl to the destination
- Depending on where it is, we reserve tickets for a big local event or hard-to-get-into restaurant for one night.
And then we relax, knowing that we’ve done all the hard work. Now we need to be open to what we find along our journey. We’ve noticed that we find the coolest places when we get off our beaten path. (Places we’d never stumble across if we planned every moment of our trip.)
Y’all know I just did Fast Draft with a bunch of very groovy peeps! What I learned is that you have to trust the writing process. Just throw yourself into it and see where it takes you.
I’m not going to lie to you…there is a way to go backward on your creative journey. To sabotage your goals. To lose faith. I see people do it all the time, when they get frightened by the journey in front of them.
They stop moving forward.
Seriously, we’ve all done it at one point or another. Given up, because the journey was too damn scary.
The sad thing?
Usually we stop when we’re all the way to the edge of where we need to be. Like two steps away from our heart’s desire. Or three chapters from a turning point that would light our story on fire. Perhaps you are one audition away from “going to the show.”
You’ll never know if you scramble backward from the unknown.
I had this conversation on Twitter a while back (DO follow these ladies!):
We were cracking ourselves up, and having a rip-roaring time on Twitter (I cut the NSFW portions out). But at the heart of it, we were exemplifying the WANA principle: We Are Not Alone on this crazy creative journey.
There are people who will grab your hand and help you up those last few steps if you just reach out.
I provided a lot of links in the bullet points at the top of this post, in case you don’t know where to start and want to reach out to some of my resources. I’m positive y’all have even MORE helpful places to offer down in the comments.
If you’re completely at a loss, get yourself over to WANA Tribe. You will find a helping hand there, I promise you.
Who helps keep you going on your creative journey? What organization or group gives you the most support? What lights your creative spark? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!