by Bob retired
Where the mood takes me, I go.
|I don’t know if I am a ‘moody’ writer, or a’ mood’ writer. My creativity is always up there, in the clouds, somewhere. It arrives in my head at odd times and with some crazy propositions for me to pursue. Fortunately, that creativity muse of mine has variety in his repertoire.
Writing is but one avenue. When the mood strikes me, I write; what I write depends on which mood is foremost at the time. Poetry, vignettes, short stories, non- fiction, additions to a novel; the type of mood dictates what is written.
Sometimes the creative mood wants me to go outside to my neglected workshop. Wood is the principal substance used in there, whether making small items from wood, restoring something old and dilapidated, or constructing a piece of furniture. I have the equipment there, sitting idle, waiting for me to put the tools and such to use. I am lazy, tired, too old, or I am merely procrastinating as I defer the projects that are already ‘ under construction’.
There are times when my writing is in that same position, ‘under construction’. Once I sit down and get going, the words flow from the computer like you wouldn’t believe; it’s the starting that is the problem. So many little things distract me; the cat sitting beside me, on my doggone chair, keeping me company almost all day, every day; the dog deciding he wants to eat, when he should have been fed an hour ago, the rare visitor who comes and rings the doorbell just as my character is getting involved in another incident; it is frustrating.
And then the mood is gone again. I come back, look at the page and nothing happens – I shut down and go for a walk in the yard, or cut some more wood for the fire; maybe that mood will return sooner, rather than later. It doesn’t happen.
Yet I get a reasonable amount of writing done, When that writing mood strikes hard, it stays for some considerable time and I write furiously; then edit at my leisure, when the writing mood has vanished again
I find writing is a solitary occupation, requiring peace, quiet, and a strong focus on the work in front of me. Getting those three items together, at the same time, in today’s world, requires a bit of organisation.
I am not organised, perhaps that is why I am a MOOD WRITER.