What are your rules for working towards “flow” as a writer?
Well, I have never really thought of having rules to my progress as a writer. The one that I have had since seventh grade was to do my personal best. This statement has been a significant part of my motivation as a writer, a student, a worker – everything, because it reminds me that my best isn’t always everyone else’s best.
Now, this also motivated me when I was younger to do the best and to be the best. But, as I have grown, I really have learned to hold onto doing my best. It takes away the competiveness, which is extremely important when we are wobbling as a student, teacher, etc. When I do my personal best I seem to flow and to naturally flow where I am learning and testing new things and truly being challenged by myself and by others.
But, when I am not doing my personal best and I seem to fall behind and eventually become stressed – I have to push myself to just start the assignment. Brainstorm. Doodle. Verbally process. I need to do something because by taking that initial step towards even thinking about the task at hand, it actually helps. Shocker, right?
And to be honest, I am there right now. I need to just brainstorm and to just write. Don’t think too hard. Don’t worry about editing. Don’t expect it to be perfect. Just write.
Plus, I need to be wobbling as I work towards flow and pose –> if I am not wobbling, then what am I doing? So even as I am working towards flow, I am also wobbling. And that is okay. We can always learn and adapt, we just have to allow that to happen.