No matter how hard we try to plan out our projects, life always seems to get in the way. The day job can do quite a number on one’s creative mind; nearly sucks the artistic drive and momentum out of me by the time I get home in the evening. But I’ve learned to wake up early enough to beat the droning affects of a long day’s work. Rather, I like to leave the droning for the day job and keep my creativity and monumental reasoning on my own clock.
This year has brought a lot of milestones due to the work within my children’s book business. I’ve made a lot of new connections; therefore, placing me in situations where my future author visits and books can only flourish from. I’m even teaching a creative writing course for middle graders at a summer enrichment program next week. As excited as I am for such a wonderful opportunity, I just wish the summer would slow down so I can actually conquer my WIP; a quest both my mind and heart are yearning to defeat.
As I throw my imagination back into my WIP, I’m finding myself to be climbing back on the bike; steadily easing myself back into the mind who effortlessly wrote this story a few months ago.
Coincidentally, the other day, I mounted myself up on a bike and to be honest, I haven’t ridden one since two summers ago while vacationing down the shore. It felt a bit wobbly at first and took a few graceful strides to get the pedals going. Imagine legs forming an outward triangle toward the sky before hearing the words, “Straight, woman!” as they stammered candidly throughout my head.
Before I knew it, it was smooth canoodling down the road. I was one with the path ahead of me; taking in all of the fragrances and beauty surrounding as the wind flapped against my face. I breathed in all of the warm embraces of an angelic, summer sun and even allowed my legs to stretch out as I glided down the hills. I was in love with a mere impromptu of buying a new bike on the melancholy of a whim.
As far as my WIP goes, the first few pages were a bit shaky once I dived into an abyss of, “This just isn’t rights.” I honestly found myself re-reading them over and over again until I eventually got the beginning right. However, just like getting back that bike, I have come to realize when we walk away from projects, it takes a few baby steps to get the pedals (or the computer keys) going again.
Our WIPs continuously cling to our hearts no matter how far the end might seem. And when we walk away from them, they somehow manage to reach out toward us only to drag us right back into their worlds. The meeting of the mind and story will clash at times; causing us to scream, yell, cry and pull our hair out when a scene or idea doesn’t fall together the way it should. We will do all of those things until we get it right.
When I was a child, it was a bit frustrating learning how to ride a bike. I fell many times, scraping knees, but always managed to pick myself back up again and keep at it until I mastered it. Like many, I managed to become so graceful that riding the bike was like an art. It painted a picture for me as I took in every single piece of nature around me.
Conquering that beast of an obstacle gave my hungry brain the memories and potential it needed to learn how to love and try new things while perusing around my imagination, desire and pursuit for just about everything.
I’m back on the bike. I’m focused and pedaling… like a crazy lunatic; sometimes at vigorous speeds while at others, sluggishly slow and swallowing big air gulps over speed bumps as my WIP tells me to slow down. “Focus, woman, focus!”
Whether we are riding our bikes again or picking up off from where we left our WIPs, it’s all a matter of progress. One thing is for sure; time may not always be on our side. It sneaks up on you and passes along the days when you least expect it. You wake up one morning and it is May 1st and then before you know it, the 4th of July is staring you in the face asking, “So what are we doing for the fireworks?”
Do you find it easy or difficult to thrust yourself back into your WIP after leaving it for so long? Once you've finished writing a manuscript, do you start the editing process right away or do you ever take breaks?