About Me · Balance · Editing · Writing

A New Week

Well, three full days have passed since the tree has come down. It still sits in our backyard, cluttering up the place. We still don’t have power in our bedroom and master bath. But you know what? It’s alright. The Philosopher and I had a surprisingly awesome weekend despite all the tree drama. We got to spend time with family, friends, and each other. We also got some healthy perspective that we can come through anything with joy and peace. Our biggest prayer for the week ahead is that we don’t get overwhelmed with normal life, social obligations, insurance meetings,  and construction with the tree removal and roof work.

I was able to get my normal writing done this morning. I actually have a meeting I have to go to at 11:00, so my workday will be interrupted just a bit, but when I get back, I’ll jump right back in and get my editing and Maiedae work finished. Tonight, I’m looking forward to cooking some ricotta and spinach pasta shells and doing some chores around the house. Then? REST.

It is so interesting to write when you have a bazillion things on your mind. I find it much harder to get in my zone when my mind is full of thoughts and to-do lists. But that’s okay. My mind can’t always be clear every single day.

Some things I’m looking forward to for the day:

~Seeing my hubby at lunch and after work

~running through a night yoga vinyasa before bed

~reading

~cooking something new

~editing on my novel

~Maiedae work

~quality devotional time with God

~quiet and peace

 

Some things I’m looking forward to this week:

~getting back to martial arts training (last week the dojang was closed)

~continuing to make time for yoga every day

~getting the fourth edit of my manuscript done or mostly done

~catching up on Maiedae work and discussing new responsibilities!

~intentionally practicing wellness–physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual

~getting a lot of writing done on my current novel

~spending time with my husband and friends

~resting

What are you looking forward to today? This week? I’d love to hear! Share, share, share!

~L.M.

About Me · Balance · Writing

Keep Your Creativity Alive

Good morning, all!

I am breaking with my schedule a bit this morning. Normally, I write my 2,000 words on my manuscript before doing anything else. Today, I thought I’d change it up. I’ve been pondering the skeletal structure of this post for a few days and I had it on my mind when I woke up.

Sometimes, I suffer from writer’s block. Badly. I’ll still keep writing, but the words are often boring, overly long in exposition, and tired. Then magically one day, I’ll be through it and I can go back and fix all the bad writing from the block period. Surprisingly, sometimes the words weren’t as bad as I thought. Sometimes they are, but after making it to the other side of a bad writer’s block nightmare, things start to turn up exponentially.

I just ended such a period about a month ago. What helped get me through it? Rest and hobbies. 

Rest is one of the best things we can do for our minds. A while back, I was writing everyday. That may work for some people (and sometimes I still write everyday), but for me, I found that I needed at least one day off each week in order to let my writing muscles rest and recover. Just like our physical bodies need to rebuild after an intense workout, I find that my mind works best when I take breaks from my writing. These are not long breaks, however. At most, I’d say take two rest days a week (and NO MORE!) This gives your brain time to relax, unwind, let go of grammar, punctuation, story, and plot dilemmas. Breathe. In. Out. Just chill. 🙂

Hobbies are super important for your overall well-being. My hobbies include: martial arts (taekwondo and hapkido), drawing, watching tons of Japanese and Korean movies and tv shows (loves my Hayao Miyazaki!!), reading like a mad woman, knitting, crocheting, random craft//art projects, and learning Japanese and Korean. These hobbies help to keep my mind active. In my thinking, these things act like creative cross-training for my writer’s brain. Our physical bodies need cross-training if it is used to one activity. For instance, I do very intense martial arts classes two nights a week. On the other three weekdays, I cross-train–things like walking, hiking, etc. I also strength train every night with simple gym-class type drills. So it needs to be with writing. Even if I don’t write everyday, I can spend my off days cross-training my brain for other creative outlets. If you MUST write everyday, still take a break from your manuscript and write something else: poetry, journaling, etc.

What sort of things do you like to engage in to keep your creativity blooming? I’d love to hear! Comment below!


Thanks for stopping by!

~L.M.