I watch and listen to many of Dr. Joe Dispenza’s meditations on YouTube (he’s also wrote articles here several years ago.) Some of his philosophy includes the idea that as creatures of habit we tend to live in our pasts rather than opening up to our future which is where real creativity is. He gives as an example fairly often the idea, and I’m paraphrasing, that if when we wake up we do exactly the same thing every morning we’re running on automatic and unconscious pilot and one day will look much like the next. That’s a place where we can become stuck, and being stuck isn’t the greatest place for a writer, at least in my opinion,
This morning I realized part of my success is I’ve never totally stuck with a routine for my writing, or for much else in my life.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of long stretches of time where I’ve gotten up at the same time and rolled through my day in ways that made each one almost a mirror image of the days before. There’s a comfort in that sort of routine. But as I look back, and even at my current present and future I see that I’ve always been willing to break pattern for something new and different. When something seriously catches my attention and feel right I go there.
I say seriously because this is a way I can differentiate between something ‘real’ and my tendency to chase the bright shiny new objects, usually to my detriment.
For example recently I began a course that is putting me in touch with and helping me let go of many of my old beliefs around money. I began to do the course work right after my meditation. It wasn’t long before I realized I was letting the class get in the way of my best time of day for writing. So I switched. I do the course almost daily, but not until I get an article posted on here on Medium. Medium being my bottom line writing at the moment. The switching back and forth shook things up enough to qualify as getting out of what was becoming a writing rut to the creativity of a new routine.
Other examples for me include:
- Moving to northern California for what I thought was a ghostwriting job but which turned out to also be about living on boats. I had to figure out how to write in totally new circumstances.
- The boats led to a five month venture as crew on sailboats in the south Pacific. Yes, I learned to write by hand — on those boats because we din’t really have useable laptops in the way we do now. And write clearly enough so I could read it when I got back to my not-so-portable laptop.
- The sailing venture resulted in a shipwreck where I lost all my writing and had to figure out how to recreate it.
I’ve taken newspaper jobs, ghostwriting jobs, what we now call content — web writing gigs, etc. etc. etc. Although writing at the beginning of the day has stayed my preference, I’ve said yes to many things that have moved me from writing rut to new writing routine.
It wasn’t until this morning I viewed my writing career through this particular lense. Moving out of potential ruts isn’t the only way to see my life in retrospect, but this morning it feels like a good idea. And in this moment I don’t believe I’m in a developing rut, mostly because I’m learning to move and create my future.
I invite you to do the same.
Write well and often,