My pace of progress
I realize that I subtitled this blog ‘Adventures in Parenting, Traveling & Creativity’ but I have not really even begun to touch on the creativity part. It would probably come as little surprise that between traveling, parenting, working, and homeschooling I have had little time for my own creativity. This is a problem, but one I’m used to. In my laptop I have two screenplays that need major overhauling, one chapter of a young adult novel completed, and several plays that I should be sending out to try to find production. I am lucky to get two blog posts in a week though right now.
While the limits on my time are plenty, I don’t think that is ever not the case as a writer, or just a person alive today, plain and simple. Believe me, there is always something easier to do than to sit down and write! If I were on home turf my time would be equally filled with things to do. In my ongoing battle with time and procrastination, I have become somewhat of an expert on the Creative Process and reading everything I can about it in order to inspire, understand, conquer, and of course…procrastinate.
My very favorite book on the subject, which is an easy and fast read, is Steven Pressfield’s War of Art. He introduces the idea of Resistance, which he calls the greatest force, be it procrastination, sex, drugs, or any other obsession or method of distraction used to prevent the birthing of a creative project. It is a brilliant and succinct piece of inspirational writing for anyone interested in exploring and combating what holds them back. And it’s funny too.
The buck does have to stop somewhere and I am definitely guilty of spending far too much time reading about the creative process, rather than doing it. At the moment, we are in Italy where I think we will be for at least a couple of months. I am in the process of navigating Italian bureaucratic requirements to get L enrolled in school while we are here. This was really not part of the grand master plan, but since we are here in this not very big city where absolutely no one homeschools, and he will be barred from joining a local soccer/football team unless he is enrolled, the motivations are aplenty. Plus it will be a great way for L to really learn Italian. If this all works out, some more time will open up for me and then there is really no excuse not to have regular writing time every day.
I would welcome hearing from any other intrepid writers/parents/travelers, or anyone attempting creative or entrepreneurial projects, who have been successful in beating back the dark behemoth specter of procrastination/Resistance, or life’s other responsibilities, and managed to complete said project, even if incrementally, over time. In my personal opinion, there is never enough to learn on the subject and always room for improvement.
actor-writer-director, improviser, mother, traveler, life renegade