Don’t Look Directly at the Sun
Yesterday, Jodi gave us all permission to not write. But I wonder if we’re ever truly not writing.
Obviously, in order to get any writing done, one must eventually write. But at least for me, writing often involves long stretches of not writing while ideas, words, sentences, punctuation, characters, plots and settings rattle around in my head. This certainly isn’t writing, but it’s a critical component to writing. It’s a fact I’ve tried in vain to explain to non-writers on several occasions—usually while they’re asking me why I’m not writing.
But I’ve always had trouble attacking a problem story head on. Instead, just like were always told regarding solar eclipses, I’ve always had my best breakthroughs by not looking directly at the problem.
I’ve got a problem story I’m working on right now. And attacking it head on just isn’t working. So yesterday I took Jodi’s advice and gave myself permission to not write. And last night, while talking to someone about everything except my story, the light bulb went on.