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Potential Sanity-Saving Links!

If you haven't read Anne Lamott, get yourself to the library or bookstore pronto! Her books about writing are some of the very best. She'll make you laugh, cry, and buoy up your writing life.After you read Bird by Bird, you will know in the deepest places of your soul if you are meant to be a writer or not.

I love this new piece of Anne's: Time Lost and Found.

This article also resonated greatly with me: The Joy of Quiet by Pico Iyer

I'm also currently reading the Writers and Poets current January/February issue. There is a section just for writers called "Inspiration" and I'm underlining stuff! Reading bits of articles before I go to bed at night.

Frank Bures' piece "Inner Space: Clearing Some Room for Inspiration", really resonated with me. It's like he READ MY MIND.This is stuff I've been feeling for at least a year now. Here's a snippet of what I underlined:

"I would sit down to research something and found I couldn't focus (or it takes 3 times longer than originally thought or planned). I started to feel overwhelmed, less and less able to control what I thought about. Online I would get a bizarre, Internet-induced amnesia, totally forgetting whatever I'd gone online for. I even wrote about the importance of getting offline, but found I was less and less able to simply do that . . ."

"I felt fragmented inside." YES! (That's me, Kimberley, in case you're wondering, hee, hee.)

In Creativity by Csikszentmihalti, he identified four major obstacles that keep people from creative accomplishment: psychic exhaustion, easy distraction, inability to protect/channel creative energy, and not knowing what to do with that energy.

Frank Bures: "Online, I would stay in open and curious mode for far too long, and it was getting harder to transition to the ruthless single-mindedness I needed to get anything done."

" . . . the ability to control one's attention is perhaps the single most important quality of the creative mind . . . I felt I was living in a constant state of "continuous partial attention", never fully tuned in to anything, but always partially tuned in to everything."


Here's the issue if you want to find it: http://www.pw.org/content/januaryfebruary_2012

***2012 is a year I want to take my life back. I want to feel more in control each day. I know it's going to be difficult, and I have to change the way I look at each day and my actions from the moment I crawl out of bed and stagger to the computer each morning.

1. I want more time for reading, pondering, praying.

2. I want to spend more time just being with and enjoying my family instead of constantly distracted.

3. I want more time to give service. (I'm hoping to begin a weekly half day spent helping tutor kids who need help with their reading through Albuquerque Reads program.)

4. I also have more writing/work to accomplish than I ever have before in my life so I'm feeling like taking control of my life is really critical for me. I'm under contract for 5 books that need to be written and taken through the editorial revision and production process. And then two book launches per year beginning in 2013! Yikes! Whew! Scary! Exciting!

But I also want to keep up with my dear, online writer friends, too. You have all helped me, given encouragement and advice as I read your blogs, cheered me on, and made me feel connected in the writing world, and that is priceless, too.

It's the hours of Online Coma that I want to get rid of!

I'm curious what your daily schedule is like. The most problematic days for me are when I have a lot of appts and errands to be run and then there's no time left for writing and reading. I'm also thinking I may have to give up a few other things that take tons of time and I have nothing substantial to show for it afterward. Thinking on this . . .


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Jan. 23rd, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links. I've also been pondering that issue of Poets and Writers. And trying to shape some goals much like ours. Wishing us both luck and inspiration!
Jan. 24th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool, you've been reading Pets and Writers, too. :-) I think just figuring out what I want, and what I need is a big part of it. Implementing it and achieving it are a whole other story! Good luck to you!
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
I love this! We had a special Relief Society meeting on Sunday (rearranged Primary so those of us teaching could make it) and were told we need to simplify our lives in order to improve them (there was more to it, but that was the gist of it). We were given this quote from Psalms 37:23 "The steps of a good woman are ordered by the Lord and He delighteth in her way." Along with this quote came the advice to "Take the next step."

She talked about how we each have our own path to walk and no one knows what steps we need to take but us and the Lord. Whatever our next step needs to be, we must take it!

This whole distraction-by-internet rings very true for me. Even if I start out researching, I end up off in another world, wasting time. I had already decided to simplify my online time (cut back--though not cut off--my Facebook game time) in order to benefit from more writing time, but reading this makes me more determined. This is my first step toward simplifying to improve. =D

Thanks for the links! I've heard of Bird by Bird but haven't read it yet. That will be the next book I purchase--well, my History 105 text book will really be, but after that, it will be Bird by Bird. =D

Edited at 2012-01-24 05:27 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Gosh, thanks, Joan. That Relief Society lesson sounds like a great one - wish I'd been there!

Yeah, the distractions of our current world are REALLY, REALLY HARD, ie, the Internet - even if it's for good stuff like research or connecting with our families far and wide. It can sweep me away so easily.

Hope you're doing good! When do you go on submission with your picture book? And good luck with History 105! ;-)
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