I like to think that I’ve got it together. I have my days packed and I’m busy from the time I wake up at 5am to the time I fall asleep at about 10pm. I work full time in a non-writing job and I have Miss 2 running around the place. I was asked recently how I do it? Not the scheduling, but how after a busy day, do I get in the mindset of being creative.
I’ve never really thought about this process before. I just do it. Yes, I know very technical and not really great advice. So I spent a few days, alright weeks, trying to pin point what it is that lets me be creative when my head is filled with other pressing non creative issues.
Just a disclaimer, I’m not a professional creative person or a doctor and all advice is at your own risk.
For me, being creative is my outlet. Some people exercise or dance, or paint or drink. I write. It’s not always very good writing, but not good is better than nothing.
For instance, I spent the day in meetings that were very productive and occasionally stressful. And now I’m on the train on the way home from work, an hour late. Now, I could sit here and work on emails for tomorrow, I could edit that report I know will be waiting for me in the morning. But I don’t. Because I choose to use this hour commute home to write this blog post. To get my mind moving in the opposite direction from analytical driven work. Getting my creative juices flowing is the break I need to get into ‘home’ mode.
Like I said, some people go for a run or stop in at the pub. Me? I’m sitting here shoulder to shoulder with other commuters tapping away on my keyboard. Sometimes I write my blog posts, sometimes I’m editing directly on my laptop, sometimes I’m scribbling away in my note pad and sometimes I read. But I make a decision to do something creative regardless of anything else that’s going on in my life. I make it a priority.
Even when I don’t feel creative, I just do it. Sometimes my best work happens when I’m not in the mood. I start and then I can’t stop, the juices are flowing and I take advantage of it when I can. The advantage of this is, late tonight when I’m working on a novel, I have primed my brain to want to write. This commute is the foreplay for the magic that happens later, if you will.
Parting advice. Just bloody write.