I was thinking about them the other day when I was procrastinating on a writing project. I wasn’t feeling too inspired and wondered if I should do something else, like check Facebook or look at new books on Amazon. Does that sound familiar?
Truck drivers don’t really dwell much on inspiration. They get a job, figure out a map to reach the destination, and then start driving. If they don’t reach the destination, they don’t get paid. Artists are different. They deal in inspiration and on the days where the inspiration runs dry, they are better off working on something else.
Authors can benefit from both approaches. We pull in the creativity, inspiration, and imagination of the artist, especially when we are birthing ideas, concepts, even the structure of our books. However, there are many days when we need to operate more like truck drivers. On those days we look at the map of our book, figure out where we are and where we want to arrive before the end of the day, and then sit down and drive our fingers across the keyboard.
We writers dwell in both the world of art and the world of manual labor. Both have an important role in the creation of our art. Both are worthy endeavors. Some days we wear the beret of the artist and other days, the ball cap of the trucker.
The key to success is to be intentional about which stance your project needs most on any given day. Do you need time to creatively brainstorm and develop new ideas? That’s an artist day. Or, do you need to spend some time working on the ideas you already have? That’s a trucker day. You get to decide and that is beauty of the writing life!
So, what kind of a day does your book need now? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.