I’ve been writing a lot lately. 3+ hours a day of output. For months now.
Hundreds of emails and sundry other copy for a myriad of clients… the first 20,000 words of my Sci-Fi/Fantasy epic… & more recently, blog posts.
I haven’t taken a word count of what I’ve produced this quarter, but I’d estimate a half a million words of legible, understanding, and (hopefully) compelling content.
I don’t say this to brag. I honestly have no idea how accurate that estimate is, or how it compares to the output of other people who write for a living.
The thing is, I never experienced writer’s block. & I never experienced frustration. Regardless of deadlines, frustrating client feedback, or anything else.
The reason why?
I’ve removed my ego from my creative process.
Instead staring at a screen, trying to force my brain to produce something I deem as “good” and casting judgment on the results of my efforts the entire time…
I am an instrument being manipulated by my muse.
& whether my results are pure shite or pure gold… I remain as equanimous as a guitar does, whether being played by a virtuoso or a complete beginner.
When you’re able to seperate yourself from ego and your judgments about the results of your work…
You BECOME the work itself. Nothing feels better than that.
Because you have the drive to create.
It feels like a PURPOSE for your time and energy… for your Life.
Every moment you can spend completely rooted in the activities that define you will be a truly fulfilling one.
The Process of creating is what matters more than anything. The results of your process are just a side effect.
Whether writing copy, fiction, or music.
Dwell in the bliss of chanelling your Muse without focusing on what the outcome might mean for your future.
Become the Work. Perform your function as a creator.
Without judgment. Every second you spend analyzing and critiquing your creations turns your mind into a bottleneck, limiting the amount that you can put out.
Judgment and creativity don’t mix… because judgment is a reflection of your ego and your concern over what others think about you.
Simply CREATE… Without it being about you.
You’ll feel energized by it.
You’ll remove the internal (emotional) barriers that clog up your genius.
You’ll flow. Words and ideas will sizzle through you like lightning.
Perhaps in some small corner of your brain, you’ll marvel at what you’re doing… but you won’t be attached.
Because attachment to the results will only inhibit your ability to produce the results you’ll be happy with.
So go crazy. Flow. Pretend to be the creative lyrical genius you wish you were…
Then look back on what you channeled while you were, and realize that you weren’t pretending after all.