Have you ever had a moment where you were sure the creative juices were about to start flowing, but then it didn’t go as planned? I’ve had so many scribblings over the years that I thought were going somewhere good, then suddenly stopped. Sometimes, the train of thought will stop mid-sentence.
There was a time I didn’t think very much of my scribblings and the value they may hold. But, as I return to them later, they make more and more sense to me. Writing is a beautiful exercise of the mind. It’s funny what you can come up with when you just sit down, or rather, lie on your bed in a somewhat precarious position like myself, and write whatever words pop into your head.
In addition to words, I’ll often get images in my mind. But, since the quality of my doodling leaves too much to be desired, I prefer to wait for the words to come to describe it. Some of the things that come into my head, however, are simply not easily explained with words alone. I often come up with grand designs which I simply don’t know the words to even try to express what my imagination’s giving me to say.
This is part of the reason I start to write so many creative stories. The reason I can’t just stick to one, though, is because my brain moves so fast. Often, I “outgrow” a particular plotline and/or characters before I even get going. It’s like I always need a new more complex vehicle to convey my ideas.
The trick to keep yourself motivated and productive as a writer is to just keep the creative juices flowing. As I find myself leaning towards writing certain stories and connecting more with certain characters, I’m sure that I’ll “get there” in finally finding a happy medium with my creative writing.
Being someone who relies on imagination and ingenuity to make a living, it’s important to learn how to manage the inevitable ebbs and flows of creative juices. No matter how experienced you get, it’s always a challenge. For those about to create, I salute you.
~ Amelia <3