Oh, hello again! It’s J.A. Bennett from A Book, A Girl, A Journey! It’s another Life List Friday and I have the pleasure of visiting Pam once more. You’ll find Pam hanging out at Literary Snippets today, so hop on over there when you’re done.
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Let me start this post with a confession – I really struggled to think about what to write today. My life is pretty good right now. I’m working on a book that I think is going to be fantastic (although time will tell). I have a loving husband, two kids, awesome friends and family, and an amazing writing community.
I’m pretty happy. I don’t say this to rub it in your face or tell you that I’m better than you, because that is certainly not the case. I face my struggles too, but right now I’m content. The only problem is, when I’m content, I have a harder time writing.
Now, that doesn’t mean I haven’t struggled to write when my life is in shambles, but the emotion feels so much more raw when I have a lot to deal with. Writing is my therapy for when everything else is crap.
Smooth sailing makes my muse run and hide. I’m grasping at straws, pulling words out of thin air, and wondering why writing isn’t as easy peasy as it should be.
I decided it’s time to take a step back and figure it out. My conclusion? Write anyway. Yes, it is harder for me to write when I don’t feel like crying every ten seconds – but the more I write, the more those emotions seep back in. I leave feeling satisfied with what I accomplished and I stay satisfied with my life.
The words take longer to get on the page, but once I’m in the ‘zone’ they flow. Of course, that is normally the point that my kids wake up. But it feels good to have gotten there on my own without relying on crazy chemical reactions in my brain. And you know what? I think that makes me a real writer.
What conditions do you write best in? How do you push through when you just don’t ‘feel it’?
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J. A. Bennett is a stay-at-home mom of a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl. Besides writing, she has a passion for cooking and good movies. She blogs at A Book, A Girl, A Journey about writing and other musing on life. She is currently writing a young adult novel that involves time travel and secret societies. Find her on Twitter here, Facebook here, and Google plus here.
A quick note from Pam: I hope you enjoyed this Life List Friday guest post as much as I did – I can certainly relate! When I’m content, I need a lot more discipline to sit down and write, and the words wrestle with me when I try to get them down on the page. Writing is both therapy and escape, and when I don’t feel in need of either it can be harder to do.
Which might mean I’ll be in real trouble come Monday – I’m heading off this morning for a short trip to the beach with my mom and 2 close girlfriends. We’re staying with my aunt and uncle and there will be tons of beach-sitting, beach-combing, wine-drinking, eating, campfiring and hot-tubbing. I expect to come back VERY relaxed!
Since I’ll be away, I won’t be as quick to respond to comments as usual, but I’ll be excited to check back when I get home Monday to read your thoughts on your best writing conditions and to jump into the conversation!