Recently, Jersey Farm Scribe guest-posted on Writing and Illustrating about how she keeps the flame alive. Not a wood fire – though that would be lovely on this chilly Thursday – but her fires of creativity and passion for writing.
I love that Erika has built a successful freelance career as she pursues her passion for children’s books, and her article got me thinking. Erika explains how writing all the time means it turns into a job or a chore, and she has found a way to keep her love of writing burning – and her creativity fueled, as well.
Her habit is to set aside two hours each week to free write – longhand and away from her computer, completely unrelated to any current projects, fiction or nonfiction – so she can remember how much she loves to write.
When I first read this, all I could think is “Two hours?! I need that time for my book or my blog, or my reviews. It’s hard enough making sure my library hours and the unending business of life doesn’t push aside my writing time.”
But she’s got a point. Even what we love most can become a chore if we let it. I certainly don’t spend all my reading time reading books I should read or need to read. There are plenty of evenings where I’m reading just for fun, and the writer inside quiets down and lets the reader take over.
I don’t know that two hours is reasonable for me, not when I’m getting two hours day in at my desk. But I think I just might give her habit a try. Fooling around with word play and the horrible “pomes” I used to scribble when working on my picture book might just give me a boost with my “real” projects.
What do you do to keep that fire to write burning?
P.S. I’m ginning up the courage to jump into twittering. I’m also considering a reboot of this blog for the coming year. Any thoughts or opinions on the following?
- Blog title: “L is for Librarian, W is for Writer. Z is for Zampetti!”
- Twitter handle – better to stick with your name or something fun? (@LWZampetti or @WisForWriter or @LibrarianLeslie…. )
- Is Tumblr a better blog platform?