It’s Sunday night and I sit at my laptop knowing I need to prepare a blog post for Monday. I know I have to do it tonight because the next two days are going to be difficult ones. I’m still getting settled in a routine again after spending several days out of town visiting my husband’s family. I’ve spent all day doing laundry – and this is not an exaggeration either; I did nine loads today. This afternoon, our family put up our Christmas tree and decorations, we cleaned out toy bins to weed out the ones that never get any play time, we cleaned and we organized–basically, we were a very productive family today. My problem now? I know I need to write, but I’m not in the mood.
As I sit here, I know I have some options. I could get frustrated, shut down the computer and blow off my Monday blog post. I could procrastinate and wait for inspiration to find me. I could write a depressing post ruled by my state of mind and cap it off with a bottle of wine. Or, I could let my imagination paint me into a story and allow myself to become the main character (in the case of the story I’m working on, I’d be my eight-year-old son.)
Well, I’m too stubborn to blow of the blog post; inspiration hardly ever finds me, even though I haven’t moved in thirteen years; and I don’t drink alcohol. So, it’s up to my imagination to save me 🙂 (Oh, boy.)
The point of this rambling post is that even if the “perfect” conditions aren’t there for “perfect” writing, creativity can still prevail. Even if I’m not in the mood to write, my imagination can get me there (if I let it.)
Here’s the funny thing: just writing about using my imagination to escape my state of mind has gotten me psyched to do it. I’m ready to wrap up this post so I can become a third grader. Since you are no doubt ready for this post to end, now’s a good time to sign off.
What are your tips for getting in the writing mood?