Next to my bed, stands this messy stack of composition books detailing the years of my life between 2006 to 2013. My writing production declined after my daughter was born in 2012 while my writing quality improved fantastically. Most of it was probably the change in perspective that comes with parenthood. More so though, I think it was the lack of time that forced me to write more focused pieces. Quality over quantity, I suppose. Also, I am in no way saying that I'm a good writer. We all know how I feel about that.
Over the years, writing has been one of the things that if I stopped at some point, I had to work hard to get going again. Slowly, building momentum, and then keep it going. Trying hard, real hard, not to stop. I also spent a lot of time reading Julia Cameron's books on writing. As you can see from this pile of papers, there were times when I wrote furiously every day taking her "morning pages" practice to heart. Sometimes writing two tiny lines in one line.
Papers Full of Life Stuff and Sci-Fi Dreams
Life is hectic now. The kids are all over the place. School is in full swing. Tracey and I somehow stumbled our way onto the PTO Board, and have undoubtedly, over-committed ourselves. Not to mention, our photography business is nice and busy. So, there's little time for writing anymore.
The other day, I told Tracey that I need a "HUGE" sign in front of the bed giving me strict instructions every morning. Write. Next thing I know, she's breaking out the paint and drawing letters on the canvas. She takes good care of me.
Now, when I wake up in the morning, I have no excuse. Coffee and the morning pages. So, slowly but surely, I am building momentum.
What Real Motivation Looks Like
Do you struggle with the creative life/work balance too? I'd love to hear from you about any tips and tricks you have for getting by as a parent and creative.
Also, I do realize that this blog post has almost nothing to do with photography, other than the fact that I shot these to two photos with my brand new Lumix G-85. Thanks for pointing that out. Whoop! Maybe we'll photography chat tomorrow...stay tuned.