Grind-ies Day 5: A Writer's Relationship with Cleaning
The Grind-ies are the gravelly, down and dirty, mentally painful, zero-to-something thinking, learning, and producing that it takes to create something of your own. The Grind-ies Challenge is a 30 day pursuit to enter the Grind-ies mindset on a regular basis and document the experience.
You sit down to write and suddenly it becomes a good time to dig through your closet.
Resistance in its most generic form.
After my first break from the Grind-ies today, I pulled out some storage bins from my closet and opened them up. I arranged them a little, left them out, then went back to work.
The clutter put my mind at ease and I organized them slightly on each break.
Cleaning became a motivational reprieve instead of resistance's ugly pull. I wonder how it would've gone if I had cleaned first? I bet not as well. Can cleaning be a motive instead of a procrastination method? "Write first then you can clean."
When we hunker down to write, we're thinking. I've learned that the thoughts continue to come after the thinking session (some writers say to take a break when you're on a roll so the thoughts keep coming when you return). Ever been driving after writing and a flood of thoughts come?
I was a superstar today; just under 5 hours in the Grind-ies. It was Friday and it would've been easy to blow it off; instead, I created an environment that felt creative, resourceful, and inviting. Something about those bins calmed me. I dug out an old iPad, charged it, then focused on connecting my blogs. It felt like I was arranging my material to be used to its highest and best capabilities and my surroundings reflected that.
I started the morning reading Steven Pressfield's The War of Art. I don't feel I needed it as encouragement; it was more justifying the mood I was in.
Man, I feel good. I sense my material is on the verge of being consumed with a purpose because of this new focus and attitude. I feel how I felt after I'd make a cold call as a Realtor or after I'd sell The Life of Larry Chovaka...So Far door-to-door in 2015.
I wish I had more to say. I invite you into this mindset. Like Bukowski said, "Go all the way. You will be alone with the the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. It's the only good fight there is."
Time in the Grind-ies: 4 hours, 47 minutes
Projects: work-for-hire gig, outlining a personal book, making a new blog, connecting and updating blog pages, updating Entrepreneurship for the Cool Kids on Amazon
How I felt afterward: I have the most honest and pure high I've felt in a long time.