Thursday Thoughts: Universal Deadlines

I’m under deadline. Actually, I’m under multiple deadlines. I try hard to space those darn things out but sometimes stuff happens and they get jammed up like bumper cars. Add in Real Life responsibilities, and…well…writing becomes a grind. And when it does, this happens:

You’re right, Silver, too much self-discipline will discourage your playful, wandering imagination. It’ll snuff out the flames of inspiration and creativity. And it’ll weigh you down with routines and logic. It simply isn’t “spiritual.”

But, then, neither is too little.

The Universe
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Just think what you know to think, say what you know to say, and do what you know to do, Silver. Every day, lots and lots.

While craft is important to writing fiction, imagination takes a much bigger part of the pie. I’ve discussed Iffy, my Muse, before. She sulks in closets, wants to waste time looking at pictures, demands chocolate, and generally refuses to go to work when I most need her, but more than willing to nudge me at the worst possible times. Like in the middle of the night. Or when I’m driving. Or at a T-Ball game. I’m trying to get better about the care and feeding of Iffy, especially when I’m stressed because of those darn deadlines. The Universe may be on to something. I’m going to think, say, and do today. And tomorrow. And the day after. And I’ll hit my deadlines.

What about y’all? How do you stay encouraged and creative when the deadlines in life loom?

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Deadlines

  1. :hugs: You’ve got this.

    I try not to think about it. Or rather, I try not to let the deadlines and the business side of writing consume my focus. Doesn’t always work, but as long as I can keep that spiral of crap off to the side, I can get creative stuff done. Just chugging along over here as best I can.

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