“Writer’s block results from too much head.
Cut off your head.
Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off.
You have to be reckless when writing.
Be as crazy as your conscience allows.”
~ Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.
I was feeling so inspired the past few days, yet always seemed short on time to do anything about it. There are scraps of paper next to my laptop, by my bed…fragments of ideas I wanted to grab hold of in the midst of a sea of emails and editing. So, I decided I would take the day off from all that to write.
(Cue crickets, tumbleweeds or other metaphor for nothing happening.)
So far I have:
Checked all of my email accounts and fought the temptation to dive into work mode.
Made and drank three cups of tea.
Made and eaten some Saag Aloo.
Skyped a bunch about work stuff.
Thought about all the unfinished things that will be waiting for me.
Lay on the floor with my legs up the wall, looking at the ceiling contemplating WWJCD?
(What would Joseph Campbell do, of course. What were you thinking?)
And I realized the problem with taking the day off to “write.” I can write daily, and make a practice of it, but you can’t put your inspiration in a box to save for later. Instead of putting my ideas scraps of paper to save for a time that will never arrive, I’d rather be a little reckless, be a little fevered and ride it when it arrives.
And thankfully, my conscience allows me to be crazy on a regular basis.
Off to cut off my head and see what happens; be back soon.
hot on elephant
A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 110 shares The Most Powerful Moon of the Year: New Moon & Solar Eclipse in Pisces. 44,726 shares A Relationship will only be as Good as the Sex. 10,514 shares Welcome to Pisces Season: A Love there is no Coming Back From. 12,884 shares How Women ruin Good Men. 4,099 shares If You have to “Think About It,” then I’m Not the One for You. 4,908 shares What Rumi had to Say about Unhappy Love. 245 shares Not sure I thought I’d ever say this, but Ashton Kutcher is about to inspire you to tears. 2,300 shares If You Love an Intuitive, Old-Soul Pisces, Read This. 2,747 shares How we can go to Heaven without Dragging Others with Us. 123 shares