A friend read “No mo moping” yesterday and was concerned, I think because it may have sounded like I’m stressing over the dozen or so creative projects that I’ve started over the years and anxious to get them all done all at once.
“You gotta slow down, chief,” he wrote. “At that rate you will slam into the finish wall. Better to gear back, move slowly among the projects and digest all the content that’s flying by. Ease to the end with a full grip on all that envelopes you.”
Sage advice! That’s actually where my attitude has begun to drift.
I replied, “I don’t disagree. The bottom line seems to be I have plenty of ideas to work with along the way.”
I was about to send the reply on its way, but I looked at it one more time and realized, no.
Delete-delete-delete-delete … type-type-type-type.
My revised reply said, “I don’t disagree. The bottom line seems to be I have plenty of ideas to play with along the way.”
THEN I sent the reply.
Did you spot the one word I changed? The one word that changes everything?
Writing is fun. These projects are play, not work. In fact, one reason why progress on creative projects is slow sometimes may be that we don’t prioritize play enough.
When we work with our ideas, the magic can get lost. When we play with our ideas, the magic grows.