A few bloggers have posted about snow happening, in their neck of the woods. This morning, our’s came: the snow is definitely on the go. I’m waiting until either the snow stops or until it is deep enough before I get my snowblower out: not something on my “favorite things to do” list. “To Do” … what a provocative pair of words; profound, in fact, for writers.
At times, our writing connects with what we “do”. At other times, our writing comes from our stillness, being quiet, and listening. I remember seeing a writer’s quote, many years ago. 150, maybe? Exaggeration, maybe? Unfortunately I cannot remember the name that corresponds with the quote. Here’s the quote: “My wife asked me what I was doing while staring out the window. I told her. ‘I’m working’ …” And, one of my most favorite quotes of all time:
What Thoreau’s quote means to me is that our experiences, our stories, out journeys, and in some cases just “doing something”, fuels and shapes our writing. Okay, now I’ll throw out on the blog-table the last piece of this post: writers, depression, anxiety. Winter, snow, cold, connects the season with the mood. Here are some excerpts from an article entitled: “Let’s talk about writing and the creative process”(http://writerunboxed.com/2013/04/26/lets-talk-about-anxiety-the-creative-process/)
“I work with writers, and find that anxiety is a very real and very constant part of their lives. Why? Just a few reasons:
- … creating and publishing invites judgement, especially self-judgement.
- Being a writer is often a new identity that one carves out for themselves … everyone else around them clings to other ways of labeling them: mother, spouse, colleague, sister. (Writers) don’t easily accept defining the writer as such.
- … ‘return on investment’ of writing breaks traditional models. We do it for so many reasons, but the common reward of money is rarely the primary driver.
- … so many decisions involved in being a writer. First, with the process of writing and editing, then the process of choosing how to publish, and then the process of finding and connecting with readers. Each is not one step, but 1,000 decisions. None of which are clear from the start. “
Yes, we stumble into the midst of any of these experiences: “Seasonal Affect Disorder (S.A.D.)” (you already know about), writer’s block (I flinch when Lucy calls Charlie Brown a “blockhead” … I’m a blockhead since I get writer’s block), boredom, anxiety / depression (beyond S.A.D.), situational stressors, family pressures … and SNOW. But trust me, pending on the temperature / windchill / visibility, you can get out there in the snow with your winter gear or snowshoes. And chances are it will be good for you. And keep writing. Because YOU … are on the go!