noun, plural momenta
1. force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events
What is is about momentum? It seems like I am an “all or nothing girl” – whether it’s with my writing or cleaning the garage or working out or remembering to water my plants. If I can JUST … tip over the edge to get the ball rolling, I disappear into my project, only to look up hours later wondering where the time went. And it’s GREAT!
But what about all the other days?
Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love and all-around fabulous, inspirational person of light) has a great take on this. In her latest book Big Magic she talks about just being a workhorse – how yes, it’s wonderful on those days where inspiration flows and the words stream out of your fingertips onto the keyboard. But for the other six days of the week … it’s plain, good-old-fashioned hard work. Just plug away at it – inspiration will come and go, but there is always work that can be done.
I have a poster in my office with a quote from Thomas Edison:
So I know a LOT of people who wish they were writing. Who want to write. Who someday-when-life-stops-getting-in-the-way are going to write. But guess what? THIS DAY NEVER COMES.
Bottom line: writers write. They write blogs and chapters and short stories and character descriptions and screenplays (and, in my case, sometimes wine labels and websites and wine club newsletters).
Sometimes the writing is great. Sometimes … not so much. But that’s not really the point, is it? The point is to WRITE.
The other thing writers do a LOT of? READ. Once your writing gets underway, your reading experience undergoes a subtle shift. (haha – pun intended). You start to notice really beautiful writing, or effective writing, or great dialogue. (You also, unfortunately, begin to notice the flip side to these things, but this is helpful in its own way, too.) Read widely. Read in your genre and outside your genre. Read magazine articles and blog posts and biographies. It will help your writing immensely.
So … I gotta go. Shift II beckons and Emily just had too much to drink at her first college party … .