Creative Every Day: Writer’s High

by @thewritermama on March 30, 2011 · 5 comments

Maybe you wonder why I started a blog series that would encourage me to share something (almost) every day.

I did it because, after just completing a book that is 150,000 in rough draft form, I realized that if I could do all of that in such a short time, then writing a little ol’ blog post every day was not only no big deal, it was going to be a necessity. I needed to find a practice that would help me cool down and help me stay in long-form shape.

I don’t want to slip back into my old, lazy ways. If I want to keep my fingers moving across the keys and the words popping up on the screen then I’ll need some half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks to keep up the writing pace I established writing The Writer’s Workout. This really isn’t any different than the way a runner, who has just finished a marathon, is quick to schedule more races to maintain a high level of fitness.

I realized something while working on such a long project: the steady, deep creativity was good for me. That creativity begot more creativity. Thanks to my book, I have ideas coming out my ears. I have drafts of new projects in various phases of completion. All of that hard work didn’t just yield one book, it yielded fruit way above and beyond, more fruit than any one person could possibly act on all at one time.

In the past, I might have done the opposite. I might have just stopped writing after the book was done and taken a long rest from writing anything else. I had known that this would happen. And I’m going to keep moving and stay in “book shape” so I can keep going forward.

Maybe this affinity for the extended, heightened state of creativity is a little bit like runner’s high. And I guess I am not ready to give it up just yet.

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