Habits are hard. No, but really. This idea of 30 days to a habit formed- or even 60 or 90- is a bit off somehow. I've had habits I thought were solid, ones that went on for 5-6 months nearly every day, that have gone by the wayside. Maybe it's that "nearly daily" part that gets me, but hey- some days are just going to be like that, right?
Anyway, it's been a week since my last rambling. Figured it's time for another one, eh?
The Possibilities of Writing
I really love writing. I love building a story in my mind, the world, the characters, and finding the best way to express what I come up with. I especially love when others read and enjoy those stories, characters and worlds. It's an addictive process from start to finish.
Why is it so difficult to do then?
I know many people would suggest that means I don't really like it, that I've just convinced myself that's the case for some reason. To that, I would like to counter with a story (yay!) about a similar situation.
So there's three guys I know, we'll call them Tom, Bob, and Dan. They all really enjoyed art, namely drawing. They were all really good, each with their own unique style they brought to the page. Tom liked doing comic book art, Bob had a very classic fantasy art approach, and Dan worked with a multitude of pens and baroque concepts. None of them make any money from their art, and they all find it difficult to find the time to bother with it anymore.
The demands of monetary productivity tend to stifle the creative spirit. For me, I think the hope of making money from my writing has set up a sort of army in my mind attempting to force creativity to that end. I think it's probably more common than people let on.
I suppose it's good Awdvocato has a much simpler goal than making money- all that drives it is the desire to put a little more positivity into the world. Even if no one sees, no money is generated by it, or it all gets destroyed one day in a fiery blaze, I know that I did my best to add more positive to the Universe!
One Day At A Time
That's what they all say, isn't it? I mean, of course you can only work on, with and within today. But "one day at a time" is often used to imply "don't plan so far ahead," which gives the impression that planning for tomorrow is bad. This is in the Bible, too, the "day's bread" concept. Leave tomorrow's bread as tomorrow's problem, in a sense. But that's not very forward thinking... it doesn't seem quite right to me (sorry, Jesus).
At the same time, there's a clear trajectory from here to everywhere by taking the points through each today to get there. I'm taking 'one day at a time' by writing this; though the hope is that over time I'll be more literal about this and actually write every day. Whatever happens, though, there's no fighting against today. Tomorrow will become today in exactly the same fashion as today becomes yesterday, and on and on until the sun implodes and our concept of a day is irrevocably altered. A bit dark, but hey it gives a bit of perspective on the whole day thing. Don't take anything for granted, right? Appreciate everything!
It's not quite as fluffy or feel-good as most stuff on this site; actually, the whole story starts out with the heroine in a life-or-death battle with a lot of gore. So don't jump into it thinking it'll be a bed of roses (or maybe do, since a flower bed of roses would have a LOT of thorns!). However, if sci-fi is your bag, this might be the next story for you!
Other than the Amazon affiliation (the picture of the book above is an Amazon link), the only reward I get for this is knowing I've praised one of my favorite authors of all time. And yeah, I really mean that. The beta reading was the first book I've finished in years (not for lack of trying), and it took a lot of willpower to pace myself and not read it all at once (commenting is harder for binge-reading). All in all, I highly recommend this series.
I also found this little gem doing a cursory search on Bryan: This Video Interview.
Just an odd, awe-inspired, avocado advocate (not necessarily advocating avocados, though!) with a mission to put more joy into the world.