It has been months since I have posted anything here. My loss of creativity, written about in my last post, seemed absolute. Try as I might, no words would come as I sat down to write, and then after a while I just stopped trying.
All that has changed over the last few weeks.
Even though I have two novels and one non-fiction piece that I had been working on previously, inspiration struck like a lightning bolt out of the blue, and I have been regularly working on a new novel ever since.
The writing of it is quite different to my usual method, so I am not sure if this has helped keep the creativity alive, or if the act of writing daily has something to do with it.
When the inspiration came, I was afraid it would leave as quickly as it had arrived, so I wanted to limit as much self-imposed pressure and expectation as I could. As I sat down to write on that first day after having felt deserted by creativity for so long, I decided to write just 1000 words.
At the time I wasn’t sure if the writing would be a short story or something more, so I thought 1000 words was achievable either way, and by then I would have a better idea.
I also decided not to think about the creative spark too much. Instead I just sat and tapped away on the keyboard. Whatever comes, comes, I thought, and decided not to try and direct the story in any particular direction, but instead let the story go wherever it pleased.
The result, so far, has been fantastic – not in the sense of what has been written – but in the sense of freedom I have felt as I have been writing. No pressure,no limits, no trying to make the story fit into any particular mould. If it doesn’t make sense at this stage, that’s okay – after all isn’t that what editing is for, to make the story make sense?
So, I am still alive, and I am busy writing. Hopefully my next post will not be so long away as this one was from the last 🙂