Week 9 (boy, these weeks are going by fast, ain’t they?) and Ms Grout is talking, in ‘Art And Soul, Reloaded’ about finding the time for your creative projects.
Phew. Easier said than done, half the time. Isn’t it?
Well, Ms. Grout’s first suggestion is not to just to stay up later writing, or to get up early. In fact, she says, have a lie-in! Daydream for half an hour!
Hey, I’m liking the sound of this!
Her second bit of advice: ditch the perfectionism, then that makes it easier to bang out a bit of your project without worrying about reaching some peak of creative perfection. Ehh, I don’t think this one is so applicable to me. In the midst of writing, I’m generally whistling, laughing my arse off, and holding a simultaneous conversation with the OH about whether Wyatt’s dead wife on Timeless is going to be re-animated via the wonders of time-travel, and spring out at him from a closet — giving him a heart attack in the process.
It freaks the OH the fuck out when I type and talk simultaneously. Which is of course most of the reason that I do it.
Bit of advice, no. 3 from Ms. Grout – give up on self-sabotage. Ehh, also not my problem. I write lovely stories for lovely people. Those other folks, ehh, not so much.
And finally – Pam says – in essence – do what you wanna do. (Yes! This is right in my wheelhouse!) Including your projects.
Yep. She’s a genius. This is the proof.
And the main task for the week? Give her 3 ideas for smartphone apps. Well, at least I don’t have to actually program them…
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