It’s been a good week. Maybe not such a productive one, but a good one nonetheless.
Firstly, I’m over the 25,000-word mark for my NaNoWriMo novel!
I’ve been getting back into the swing of silencing my inner editor and just write, write, write.
Honestly, it’s very much along the same lines as the initial steps we were walked through by Haanel; first relaxing and centering, then emptying the mind of care, worry, and all extraneous thought. Then you’re free to focus on what you choose – in my case, the continuing story of Darron Qelrysan ar-Biren in his quest to study – and perhaps reproduce – the matter transmission device that belongs to the Guardians, and Kina and K’Tytha of the Guardian people’s quest to save their people from extinction by a genetic code now too concentrated to sustain viability (well, almost).
MK 5-29 – ” At first, you will find yourself thinking of everything under the sun, except the ideal upon which you desire to concentrate. But do not let that discourage you. Persistence will win, but persistence requires that you practice these exercises every day without fail.”
The Guardians are very much creatures of emotion and instinct; the Orocnians (that’s Darron’s race) are all the way on the opposite side of the spectrum – logical, rational, focused on the development of superior technology that they can patent and market to the lesser races (their words, not mine). So there’s a bit of a culture clash going on – which is lots of fun to write about!
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a lot of focus and concentration to get the words out of my head and onto paper. And everything is a distraction at first – including the thought that I shouldn’t really be writing for fun, I should be writing another article for my websites, or out taking pictures, or prepping photos for sale and loading them onto the stock sites, or, or, or…
Just like the sits. And just like the sits, it gets easier with practice, as the neural pathways are built, and then reinforced, over and over and over. Run the path enough times, and the powerful mechanism that is our brain will create the desired state automatically.
I love MasterKey 7 – Idealization, Visualization, Manifestation! It’s so very much like what a storyteller does – I’ve even remarked to a friend and mastermind partner that this story has been giving me trouble because I can’t see it, and if I can’t see it, then I can’t write it.
Rather like writing one’s own biography, from today forward, one day at a time.
I think I’ve finally worked out a schedule that will keep me productive, not burn me out, and still touch all the bases – writing for the website, photography, writing my novels, creating low-content journals and grownup coloring books.
Though that brings up a question that’s teased at my mind ever since the first time I heard Mark say “Live by the compass, not by the clock!” I am something of a slave to the clock. My time has to be apportioned correctly or I don’t get done what I need to, so I start a timer when I sit down to work: Research and taking notes for an article is an hour; an hour to write the article; an hour to tweak and refine the photos for the article, create the SEO, do all the social media stuff, and publish. Now, everything I do is designed to further the ideal life I want to create, but the time I spend has to be rigidly arranged, or I could spend hours alone on the research or the photography or getting the writing just so and meanwhile the article isn’t getting done… so is that living by compass, or clock?
Yes, I do love questions simply for the sake of asking questions; yes, my mind is very much geared for the whimsical, the philosophical, and sometimes the just plain obstructive-ical. Makes for good stories, those big-little words “I wonder if…”