Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How did I do this again?

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It's very interesting how the mind functions. A slight detour first, though. Today was supposed to be a post on my Summer Camp check-in, but I have not written a single word on a project since June the 4th. However you look at it, this has been unproductive. Yes, I outlined and filtered ideas, but nothing has been put down on paper. 

Yes, the frequent night shifts, unstable sleping regime [lack of coffee in the house] and studying have contributed to using only rudimentary language [reserved for complaining]. However, I know my limits and I know, when opportunities to exploit time within my boundaries arise. And I should have popped back in shape after the 15th. But sitting down to write after the heavy duty schedule I have been keeping felt like sitting down to write for the first time. I knew what I wanted to write, but I had no clue how/where to start, how to work the setting, tune to a certain style, evoke the state of mind the protagonists should have been in. On my good days, I am fully capable of performing these tasks. 

But these days I want to crash down, glue my eyes to the screen and watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, until I lapse into a coma. I guess that I am detoxing my brain with TV to erase the patterns it worked with, while I was studying. It's rewiring for me to get all writerly again. SO, here is for TV dumbing down the scholar in me and bringing back the writer.

Anyway, how do you guys back after a stressful period in your lives? Does creativity simply snap back into your fingers or what?     

6 comments:

Jonathan M said...

My stress and unhappiness should really be evident in my writing :-) I find that it fuels my creativity.

Charles Gramlich said...

I play video games and blow up fictional monsters. It works for me much better than TV.

T.S. Bazelli said...

For me it takes creativity takes a good long while to kick back in. I need to rest and take a break. I know I'll get bored of doing nothing soon enough.

Harry Markov said...

@ Jonathan: Hah, You are a very lucky man then, because you are fueled by the misery. I need to wind down first and then start writing or I just glitch.

Harry Markov said...

@ Charles: I would be doing the same, if I were not helplessly uncoordinated. My eye-to-hand coordination is rubbish.

Harry Markov said...

@ TS: You are like me then. I get bored by it as well, though with me the period may be longer than with you. I know that for me it's the standard week to ten days, after whatever has been stressing me is over with.