EMBRACING BOREDOM IS A CREATIVE TOOL…

July 31st, 2017

One of my favorite authors—one I think of as a kind of mentor—plays solitaire (with real cards, not on the computer) when he’s stuck. I like that idea, but I can see the advantage of simply putting your head down.

Louise Welsh, writing in I work best when I reach a mild degree of boredom for The Guardian, explains:

The writing itself is hard to relate. It is a process of adding and taking away; deep thought and waking dreams; hard technical graft and the occasional leap of realisation. I drink lots of tea, chew gum and occasionally stand up and stretch. When I feel stuck, I put my head on the desk and try to reach that place between dreams and awareness, where the unconscious lives.

Other writers (I remember Walter Mosley making this point in his This Year You Write Your Novel) also talk about the near-dream state they slip into at times. For me, this is often the way I feel when I’m meditating. That is, of course, frustrating because I can’t spring to my notebook or keyboard to note any revelations because that would defeat the purpose of meditating.

Oh well.

One Response to “EMBRACING BOREDOM IS A CREATIVE TOOL…”

  1. Jeff Hess says:

    When what I write is really, really good, when I find what some call the zone, I am precisely in what Welsh calls a waking dream, and the feeling is glorious.

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