Yesterday, Shirley at Clever Chronicles left a comment on Friday's post that inspired me to write this one. Thanks, Shirley!
Her comment referred to having time but not having any motivation to put it to use.
So many things are non-motivators for me. Anything to do with housework. Hate it. Maybe I have five minutes and need to dust the living room. Likelihood I'll grab the Pledge? About a million to one. What makes me finally do it - whenever that is (and probably not when I have the five minutes free time)? Knowing someone is coming over or when it finally reaches the point where I'm screaming to myself, "I can't stand it anymore!"
But here's where writers have it lucky. Writers, artists, any creative types or even non-creatives who are forced into working on a creative project. Pay attention.
Look around you. Close your eyes and listen. Close your eyes and taste. Close your eyes and feel - fabric, bark, a wall, whatever. It doesn't matter. Inhale. Exhale. You can do all these things from a bed or chair, inside or out. At the mall, at the zoo, on your patio. You don't have to do anything ... except remember.
Let the sensations flow over you, through you. Put them together with feelings. How do you feel when the breeze blows over your skin.? What does the scent of spring remind you of? Does the blue of the sky remind you of your mother's eyes?
These are the things unmotivated writers can do. We can store them away for when we are motivated to write. And we'll wonder where this line came from. How we thought of that. It's because we were writing even when we were unmotivated.
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