Sniff Hits the Road
Theory or Thought Without Action Leaves You in Your Head or Heart
Those can be good places. Comfortable and Safe. Until you realize how long you've been lounging on that comfy couch.
Action takes us to new places.
Action gets the blood and brain excited.
Action can feel risky.
I enjoy doing, but I tend to be an observer. At the party, I'm the one sitting in the corner people watching. That's if you can get me to the party at all. I tend to be a homebody. Happy in my cave. I need friends that poke and prod me to go on that trip or adventure. I need a catalyst to get me moving. Once I get going, the brain pumps the feel good chemicals and my motivation gets a jumpstart.
Like most people, I have a day job, a family, and obligations. The demands from each facet can be overwhelming. Put them together and it can be a daily one-two-knockout-punch to my writing progress. So I have to have actions that can be done in a few minutes, short bursts.
Action can be as short as 5, 10, or 15 minutes. They add up.
Some days we are blessed with a whole morning, afternoon, or evening. Usually, we must stake a claim on a chunk of our precious time.
To take advantage of that precious time real estate, we must be ready to jump into action when the opportunity pops up. I'm not much of a list maker, but I've found that I am more productive when I'm mindful of the slices of projects or writing that I can accomplish next.
I need variety, choices. I may have five or ten minutes while I monitor my students eating lunch. If it's been a hard morning, I may enjoy marking a few pages of my work-in-progress with Margie Lawson's EDITS highlighting system—Fun colors and not too taxing a job. If I've been pondering a scene, I may be able to add or edit some lines in that same time. Or I may trip over a eureka-moment and furiously write the notes down before the next interruption. Or I may critique a few pages of a partner's story. What works for you is what you have at the ready.
It's important to have paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, a copy of your work-in-progress, and whatever items that excite your senses and make the process a pleasure. I like colored pens but I'm going through a sharp wooden pencil phase right now. Splurge on the tools that trip your creative trigger and have them in a bag or briefcase close by.
Sometimes we need a kick in the knickers or a suggestion to get us going.
My Goal is to have a weekly ACTION/ACTIVITY on my website for you to apply to your novel or story.
Sniff's Pic by Andi Ferguson