After a weekend of Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and turkey and pumpkin pie, I’m ready to get back to work today. Well, I might need to walk the pie and turkey gravy off first, but I’m itching to get my fingers on the keyboard so the words can flow from my brain onto the screen.
While I was away from the computer, I found some quiet time to think about the work-in-progress. The characters and plot are humming along and when I close my eyes, I can see them as clearly as if they were living right next door to me. Gosh, when I finally finish the revisions and hand this book over to the world, I’m going to miss these people so much.
This post started out very simply. After a month long Write-A-Thin challenge with the RWA Women’s Fiction chapter, I ran across an interesting infographic from copyblogger.com on creativity and wanted to share it (see below).
Then I discovered that today the WANA1011 class is celebrating its one year anniversary. Rachel Funk Heller designed this beautiful commemorative plaque listing the names of all my classmates. So happy birthday to all of my WANA1011 classmates. It’s been a awesome year and it’s been a pleasure getting to know each and every one of you on Facebook, Twitter, and on your blogs.
Finally, this weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I want to wish all the other Canadians reading this post a Happy Thanksgiving. We’ll be eating turkey at my mom’s house and celebrating our family connections. 🙂
So now let’s get back to the creative rut infographic. My favorite part is about separating work and play. What’s your favorite part?
Yesterday morning, I woke up to a gray sky and an even grayer mood. I grabbed a cup of coffee, started a fire in the fireplace and sat down to write.
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s not like this is anything new. All writers occasionally come up empty. But this was annoyingly familiar…
As I sat there, toasty warm by the fire, it occurred to me that I’d been mopey and sluggish and generally all around blah for quite some time now. I could feel the ideas in my head. They hovered in the dark, waiting, watching, seeking an escape route from the unchartered territory of my brain. But they were trapped…locked behind a month long diet of ice cream bars and Twizzlers.
I’ve been blaming my lack of ideas and glum mood on the fact that I don’t get out much or see a lot of people. But as I considered the lethargic state of my brain, I knew there could only be one explanation.
There’s no lock on the pantry or freezer doors.
Sugar is my weakness. It overloads my brain and puts every idea on permanent hold. Coupled with the fact that I’d stopped exercising in the spring because I was so busy in the yard, the over indulgence of the past couple of months had finally caught up with me.
I’m in good shape, healthy, usually mindful of what I eat and do. But every once in a while, I falter, then fall down. If I’m not careful, I end up flat on my stomach, one hand clutching an ice cream bar, the other hand filled with red Twizzlers, my nose pushed into a bowl of richly buttered popcorn.
This junk food isn’t just clogging my arteries and promising to cover my body with an extra layer of warm fat for the winter. It’s frying my brain, killing my darlings…oh, those wonderful ideas that come from the mysterious depths of our sub-conscious.
After I finished whining into my cup of java, I made a few healthful decisions. Resume those daily walks. Cut out the daily sugar and save those junk food extravaganzas for a Saturday night movie fest. Focus on those delicious brain foods – fresh vegetables, fruits, and salmon. Half a day without sugar and already, my mind is humming along and the Idea Fairy is chasing her children out into my world.
I know I’ll fall down again. It’s in my genes. My dad always knew exactly where my mom hid his favorite go-to treat, the supersized bag of chocolate chips.
So what foods make you falter, then fall? And what snacks or foods do you reply on to keep you and your brain in premium condition? Busy minds need help to stay sharp.
Whenever I’m struggling through the work-in-progress, as I am with the midpoint rewrites on Sex, Lies & Family Ties, I get easily sidetracked. So when people started to talk about the movie THE WORDS starring Bradley Cooper, it gave me something besides my WIP to fixate on.
Larry Brooks, author of Story Engineering, the book that taught me about story structure and saved my writing sanity, recently wrote a post about the movie. According to last Sunday’s Storyfix.com post, the movie is about a writer who plagiarizes another writer’s work, then gets caught. Huh? Still, I’m fascinated and will definitely be catching this movie. But probably not till it hits Netflix or the movie channels.