It's the end of Round 2 of ROW80. It's been a busy round inside my head, but I'm not sure I have much to report as far as anything to show for my time.
Of course I know it's not true that I don't have anything to show. I have figured out a lot of things about my own process and about how stress affects my creative work. And I actually have a pretty decent outline of the major second-half points for my story and a few thousand new words for the story, so there was even some writing going on during all of that contemplation.
Just now, because I wanted to address how I did on the actual goals I set for this round, I went back to my first post of Round 2. And these are the goals I set:
- Writing practice –just writing to play with words, describe what I see around me, sink into words on the page, as often as I am able
- Creative practice–Found Inspirations as many days a week as I feel pulled to it.
- Movement practice–stretching, dancing, moving in ways that feel good to reconnect with my body and start to overcome the chronic pain I’ve been experiencing, as often as I can
Oh. I've been doing all of this. Maybe not as much writing practice as I intended, but I think that's because I've let myself get tangled up in "shoulds." I really had simple goals set up, and I've been doing them! And yet I've been pressuring myself and telling myself I'm not getting things done, not meeting my goals. It just goes to show you that those voices in your head aren't always right or truthful. Don't believe everything you think.
I'm feeling really good now. I think I'm going to head home and write!
Meanwhile, while you're browsing around, check out this great guest post that Morgan Dragonwillow shared here on MuseCraft™ this morning: Connecting to My Muse.