Noodling Around

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”
Lorraine Hansberry

Noodling around — that’s my way of describing what I’m doing right now. I’m at a point where I think I need to make some more revisions on my YA novel, but I’m not exactly sure what to do. I have a few ideas rumbling around in my head but I’m not sure what direction to go in. To be honest, this is making me a bit nervous and edgy, but I’m challenging myself not to go that route. Instead, I’m giving myself permission to view this as a time when I’m open to new possibilities, when things are loose and fluid. There are some real advantages to this approach, and to give myself — and you as well — a boost, I’m going to see if I can corral them here:

A relaxed mind is a creative mind: I return to this idea again and again. It’s a touchstone, a mantra for me. If I can just stay relaxed rather than being stressed about the fact that I don’t know my next step, I’m more likely to figure out what that next step should be.

An open mind is an expansive mind: If I can resist my craving to lock down what I need to do next and let go of the need to know exactly where I’m going and what I should be doing right now, then I’m more likely to come across something somewhere — anywhere — that might trigger a fresh idea or a new approach.

A playful mind is an artful mind: Somewhere out there, I know there are some simple, elegant ways to resolve the writing snafus I’m facing right now. If I can keep from pressuring myself to manufacture solutions just so I can feel like I’m making progress, then I have a better chance of actually arriving at the right place. Write on.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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