The past several weeks I’ve read a lot about writing. Rules upon rules of how you should plan and plot. What your story must have and what it shouldn’t have. What your blog should and shouldn’t be.
There’s a lot of helpful information out there. But every once in a while, all that information seems to bring on this fear.
Fear that something bad is going to happen when I sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Fear that what comes out is not only not going to be perfect, it just might be lousy.
And then I remind myself, that is ok.
Part of the creative process is getting the ideas out. Not every one is going to be amazing. Some might even be awful. But it’s part of the process. It’s still moving forward.
Don’t be afraid of having a bad idea. Let it out and make room for the next idea. Which might also be awful. Just let them come. If the bad idea won’t leave you alone, spend a little time with it. Write an intentionally awful short story.
Allow your brain to purge the bad so it can make room for the good. And who knows? Maybe there will be the tiniest piece of awesome to be found in that bad idea.
Also, as the weekend arrives, remember to refuel. Sure, writing is work. But it is a lot more work if you don’t take a little time to recharge your creative batteries.
Enjoy the weekend. Spend time with family and friends. Read your favorite book. Volunteer for a good cause.
Or go have a cup of coffee and eavesdrop.
Currently Listening to: A children’s Spanish number song (Jonas can now count to ten in French and Spanish. Go YouTube.)
Update: Interestingly, my sister gave Mr. Nathan Fillion a run for his money yesterday with her quotes…and those weren’t even the funniest things she’s said. I will try to convince her to guest post here in the future.