As I mentioned previously, my girlfriend came to visit France for a week recently and I preemptively wrote most of my articles for that period.
It felt great taking a small break but it also was a pleasure to get back into writing after almost a week without writing.
While a week isn’t much compared to a lifetime, as a beginner writer, it has made me realise the difficulties of coming back to the basics and getting back into a flowing creative state of mind.
As everybody knows, writing is a creative task and needs concentration.
Unfortunately, being away from my computer for a week and coming back to writing whilst still on holidays in France seems to have hindered that capability a bit.
We are creatures of habits. Without those, we fail to improve and even do simple tasks sometimes.
While writing in itself hasn’t gotten that much harder, the task of finding topics appears to have gotten much harder after just a week without writing.
I do believe taking breaks is important and they allow us to get a fresh start when diving back in. However, this really is the case only if the habit and skills have been cemented beforehand.
8–9 months of writing and only 5 months of daily writing are not enough to cement such a skill.
When it comes to writing, I believe there are three steps:
- Finding an idea
- Starting writing
- Following the flow of ideas until the end of the piece
While the second is still not a problem thanks to TheMostDangerousWritingApp, the first and third are what allow a great article to come to life.
The uneasiness of having lost control of those has been weighing on me since last week and I will need time to get in a proper flow and rhythm once more.
I will take the plane in a few hours to go back to Japan and will make use of that long flight of 12 hours to reflect and try to give my writing a new go, maybe finding what really caused this disappearance of ideas and flow.
I hope coming back to the place where it all started, the coffee shop I regularly write and a more organised life will also contribute to allowing ideas to flow right out of my brain once more.
After all, writing is a simple habit like any other. If I am having troubles here in France, it may be due to being so out of sync with my daily routine.