Thursday, June 5, 2014

God, Writing, and the Creative Process — Medium

 

“‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert



One
of the most rewarding things about being a writer — and that’s saying
something, as they are too many cool things to count (Working in
pajamas! Reading! Cats!) is sitting down with other writers and
discussing the creative process. It is the one topic that transcends all
others. Numbers matter not a whit when one is faced with the cosmic
opening that comes when another writer explains HOW THEY DO IT.
We
seek out tomes on the subject, gobble up blogs, tweet our heroes, take
friends to lunch, searching for nuggets of wisdom. I call it Seeking
OPP — Other People’s Process.
OPPs
are always shiny, exciting, logical. Everyone else’s process looks so
gloriously awesome, so intrinsic and organic. We listen at conferences,
smacking ourselves — Why didn’t I think of that? How come I don’t have
that level of understanding of my work? This must be why it takes so
long to write a book, I need to be doing X, or Y, or Z.
I
am a huge fan of the “How I Work” series on Lifehacker. Even though the
vast majority of the people don’t work in my industry, seeing them
drill down into what works and what doesn’t give me hope that one day, I
too will figure it out.
I have a long and varied list of things I do and own because of OPP. To name a few I can’t seem to live without:
  • Clairefontaine Notebooks
  • Levenger Circa Planner for research
  • Blackwing Pencils
  • Lamy Fountain Pens
  • MacAir
  • Scrivener
  • Evernote


God, Writing, and the Creative Process — Medium: God, Writing, and the Creative Process
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“‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

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