You might have noticed it's been a few weeks since I last blogged. I've been struggling with a pelvic injury, and just getting through work has been both a struggle and exhausting. Thankfully, I'm on the road to recovery.
I have to say a special note of thanks to Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for taking the time to email me to check all was okay. Thank, you, Alex!
Now on with today's blog topic, The Writer's Paradox.
I recently had a profound realisation - time spent with friends who understand me and also make me laugh are vital to my creativity. Furthermore, too much time on my own kills my creativity. And there in lies the writer's paradox. I need time alone to write and read. I need to be okay with my own company for long stretches of time. I need time to daydream. But I also need to feel contented, secure, and happy. I need to have long conversations about the things that inspire me with someone other than myself. Most importantly, like everyone else, I need laughter to release the tensions and worries of every day life so that I feel relaxed enough to write.
We writers need to surround ourselves with people who enrich our lives and inspire us to achieve more. The ones that are genuinely interested in what we have to say. We need to avoid the emotional vampires; the people that leave us feeling utterly drained after each encounter. You know the ones I mean. We all know such people. Most importantly, we need time-out from both everyday life and writing to recharge our creative batteries, and nothing does that better than time spent with friends.
What say you?