It’s been a mini-season of contrasts the last two weeks. One week was very unproductive, mostly because of illness, but also because of attitude. I didn’t feel physically up to writing, and it infected my emotional attitude towards writing, too. Everyone goes through some creative ups and downs. It was time to get away from distractions. Technology, people, everything.
Write Anywhere #26: Riverfront
I went to an area along the Arkansas River that most times of the year is filled with people walking and biking. On a cold February day it’s deserted except for the sounds of the wind and waters. I sat on a step in an empty concrete outdoor amphitheater working on some character ideas. I enjoyed it but the open spaces of my isolation started creeping me out after a while. I probably need to be alone more often.
Twyla Tharp says in her book The Creative Habit “Solitude is an unavoidable part of creativity. Self-reliance is a happy by-product.” Fresh air and solitude helped me be much more productive and goal-oriented this week.
Times of solitude are hard to find in our busy lives. Solitude does not have to be long term or expensive like a writer’s cabin in the woods.
You could visit a local park, your own room or your walk-in closet. If you feel like your creativity attitude needs an adjustment, sniff out places in your area where you can try a bit of extreme solitude.