For the past several years I’ve heard a version of the same refrain from so many writers: I don’t have time to write. It’s the number one challenge we face, especially when we’re also working, raising families, commuting, contributing to our communities, and the like. If you’re feeling frustrated by external circumstances here’s my three-part framework for moving through this season gracefully.
I unearthed something from my writing past recently. When I was in California recently, my dad handed me a saddle stapled copy of one of my old chapbooks, with a bright yellow cardstock cover.
As I started flipping through it, I recognized many of the poems from my college days, but what really stuck out was something else. First, the title of this chapbook was Any Clear Season, and I organized the poems in four sections: winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Even though I didn't have the language for seasonal creative living back then and was a good decade from stumbling onto this concept for myself, it wasn't entirely unfounded. I know that now. Part of me was already drawn to seasons, so it was just a matter of time before I was able to unearth this wisdom in a deeper way.
So my questions for you are:
What themes or threads are running through your body of work?
What's the central question you're trying to answer?
This might be something worth journaling about, or just keeping in the front of your mind while you’re running errands or taking a walk. Your creativity might have something to reveal!
With only weeks to go until my second book is published, I can't help but reminisce a little bit about my journey these past few years, especially since I'm also being asked by other people what feels different this time around. So I wanted to share what it feels like to publish a book.
Something I’m often surprised by (although I shouldn’t be) is how tired I find myself some days. It’s not full-blown fatigue like I experienced in the postpartum days, nor is an inability to function or get out of bed. It’s just a little whisper in the back of my mind, reminding myself I could do so much better with a nap.
The more we write, the more we submit, the more we tell our story, the more we show up … the more practiced we become in the entire craft.