Went with my friend Peter this morning to Whiskey Island to do some writing. (It is on Lake Erie but I find it's more important that you know it was Whiskey Island, more so than it just being on Lake Erie. Because whiskey.) We both suffer from similar writing issues so we gladly filled the first hour or so with lamenting, grousing, eating Muddy Buddies, and lamenting and grousing some more. It was great. We also wrote some stuff.
I realized as we were talking (and of course mentioned it) that maybe the method of writing X amount of pages of or X amount of time a day is not necessarily the best method for me, at least not all of the time. I mentioned the idea of binge-writing. Like, writing a play over the course of a weekend or 3-4 days. I've done that before. And honestly, the results were better than some of my other stuff that I parceled out over a length of time.
Besides plays, I also wrote a biography in two weeks, and a draft of a screenplay in a week. Of course, they were totally first drafts, but the thing is, I got a draft done. And, I was In the Zone and stayed there. I normally have zone issues. I am not terribly temperate when it comes to my creativity. Either I want to totally be there in the zone or I want to fling myself away from it and have a tantrum on the floor at the mere thought of starting.
I don't lack discipline. I used to think so. I just have a weird relationship with writing. As mentioned in my last post, it's not always a healthy relationship. And as I'm realizing from my last post, it's not really necessary for me to try to stuff myself into a concept of writerhood, when it comes to how I produce pages/material/work/whathaveyou. Meaning, write for a particular amount daily. I DO think writing daily in some form is good form. But when I'm really into a project, and feel like keepin' on keepin' on, I'm just going to make myself. Take a short break, and jump right back in. I've never found that I suffered afterwards. And instead, I had lots of pages.
So I'm going to do that. I realize it's not "artful" or a deliberate, mindful process but I DON'T CARE!