I read a post by writer, Lyndsay Knowles titled, Living Being a part of the Writing process. And I couldn’t agree more. For one thing, I felt a tad bit better about lagging behind on writing. Because it certainly hasn’t been because I do not want to make time for writing when you are trying to live by your writing schedule. I make it a point to post every Sunday and I get real tense when I think I am not going to make my writing deadline.
But Knowles says something important about living your fully, in order to write your best.
She says "And when you write about your life, as I often do, getting out and living — being present with the people you care about — is part of the writing process.
In that time away from my keyboard, I have had memorable experiences — both good and bad.”
I resonate with the notion completely. The past week has been a busy one. Between juggling my job, working on my upcoming podcast, The Grey [This goes live in August by the way!] and speaking at the first Social Media Summit, I have had little time in between for some nice quiet writing time. But I realize that all these activities, meeting new people and taking on new challenges are the things that make writing about life and it's lessons interesting.
For starters, I came up against my old nemesis this past week when I had to speak publicly at a conference. Fear decided to pay a visit. Many times I wanted to disappear but I kind of went through it anyway. I got the chance to meet and chat with Jamila Adbulai, an economist, blogger and Founder of Circimspecte, someone I admire. Conversations about the future of social media, networking and new friends made the week worthwhile. By Friday night, I was getting ready to get some of my favorite girls together for another fun-packed podcast session.
What I am trying to say is I hundred percent agree that spending time on activities that you care about makes for great writing sessions as well as helping you to find balance in other social aspects of your life.
If you are a creative individual, I am sure you can relate to finding a source of inspiration and motivation to keep going. Here’s a little advice, Live a little, go out, network, meet with friends, take trips and pay attention to experiences. It will do wonders for your creative process!