The past week, I have been thinking a great deal about the organization and content of this Blog. Years ago in my earlier cancer updates, the structure was easy: write every day. As was the subject matter: write a current Miriam health status, and then let the words take me down whatever path they chose. Because I was so ill, I spent many hours resting in bed; consequently, my mind had so much room to roam around in and I never struggled for lack of topics. I wondered if it would be more difficult this time around – would I have enough to say? Would I have too many thoughts?
One of the things I like about Throw-back Thursdays on Facebook and Instagram is that the category alone helps you to narrow down what you might post.
I realize that in the few posts since I created this, I have so many divergent thoughts . . . I feel like if I follow the topics to their ends, each one could lead my writing toward a particular thing exclusively – something I want to avoid. Until I really develop my voice and understand what this is to be about, I want to keep all options open and keep very flexible topically.
So, what I decided to do, at least for a while, is to assign each day of the week a category. I would like one to be a review of the latest book I am reading. One, an essay on emotional health. Another on some aspect of spirituality. One, on curiosity. One on Art. I’ll evaluate after a month and will adjust as need be.
A physics rule I find interesting is that when you decrease the diameter of a pipe or hose, it increases the velocity of the flow, a la Bernoulli's principle. I am thinking that my configuration will reduce the diameter of possibilities, and I am hypothesizing that it will increase my creative energy. And, can I just say that I have waited my whole life to use Bernoulli in a sentence relevant to myself! : )
I believe this is the same for everyone. If you are stuck in your creative process, give yourself some limitations and see what happens. I bet by narrowing your field of choices, you will have a greater number of developed ideas come to you, and you will gain excitement and momentum for the project. Happy creating!
Miriam I think you might be on to something in applying the Bernoulli principal to writing.I have been journaling for 40 years now and sometimes. I will go for a week or two without writing because I don’t have anything interesting to write about. When given a topic from an experience or idea from a book I am reading,the thoughts seem to flow.