I’ve been working on a short story the past two months and the process has been intriguing. Overall it’s come together in spurts and starts. There have been short periods of intense creativity interspersed by long periods of disinterest. I think disinterest best describes it. At times I’d be so apathetic toward the piece I wondered if I would even come back to it at all. After a few days the passion would return and I’d be back to work. I should mention this story isn’t simply for personal edification. This already has an intended purpose.
All that being said, I wonder about the creative process. I’ve heard about writers who have developed the habit of writing every day. I have no doubt that’s an intentional discipline. Short of the simple explanation of ‘just doing it’, I wonder if there are particular secrets behind that discipline. In my experience writing often seems more like a chore than a passion. I don’t particularly feel like writing. But its at those times its most important to practice the discipline. Inspiration seems too elusive to be reliable to consistent writing. In the case of my story, it needs to be produced expeditiously. There is no time for inspiration. To adapt an over used idiom, the necessity of writing is the mother of creativity.