Thursday, May 29, 2014

Finding my muse amidst chaos

I recently got divorced and underwent the subsequent relocation and general life upheaval that goes with it. They say the top five most stressful things in a person's life are marriage, divorce, death of a loved one, changing jobs and moving. I did two of those simultaneously.

Many people channel and harness stressful situations into their creative pursuits, whether it's writing songs, painting, or writing stories.

I'm not one of those people.

Stress and chaos only moderately inhibits my creativity, but it seriously inhibits my productivity. My favorite time and place to write is in the early morning on weekends, with a cup of coffee and a quiet house. My head hasn't been filled with the stressful trappings of daily life and I often have my muse filled with the left-overs from the previous nights' dreams.

Getting divorced and moving really crutches that groove, man. It's a real bummer, dude.

During my life transition, I've kept a notebook handy to jot down phrases or interesting lines of dialog when they come to mind, but that's been the extent of my writing for the past few months. Immediately prior to the Big D, however, I made a lot of progress researching a new book idea that shows create promise. It feels like a very energetic caged animal inside my brain that wants to get out and explore the eyeballs of millions of potential readers. At least I hope that many people read it.

Fortunately I kept a lot of notes of my idea before my life got turned upside down, so when I am settled enough to start writing again — which is probably sooner rather than later — I will have a good foundation to return to.

Stay tuned.

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