I know I haven’t been updating. Everyday, when I’d sit at my desk, wishing to get away by clacking away at the keys, I’d run away and do something else. The inspiration hasn’t been there. And while I know that I don’t need inspiration to write, I’ve been letting my little negative editor, who likes to sit on my shoulder, climb up my sleeve. Tonight, as I sat on my bed letting the Claritin D and Tylenol wear off, I decided that I needed to knock that damn little editor off my shoulder. So I pulled out my handy dandy notebook and got to writing. And lo and behold, I became inspired.
During the writing workshop two weeks ago, filmmaker John Nichols said, “I don’t believe in talent.” He went on to explain that talent had nothing to do with writing, but that knowing how to revise was where it’s at. He’s right.
Last winter, when I was flying to visit Dan the Man in Small Town in Texas, I read an article about Pixar Studios. One of the people that they interviewed said that in order to breed creativity, it had to be practiced on a daily basis. And this is just what I have to do. So from now on, I vow to update at least three times a week. The other days, I will be working on my “professional” writing, whether I’m editing, re-writing or creating a new story.