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It’s Five in the Morning…

June 12, 2012 4 comments
alarm clock, bought from IKEA

(Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

So it’s five o’clock in the morning…

…making this nearly six o’clock alarm to the left look very appealing!

The coffee is on. A mug sits steaming beside me, the steam peeking up over the edge of the mug, seeking to confirm that I really am sitting here on the couch at this unprecedented hour. Coffee fed intravenously would probably be more effective at this point.

I reassure the steam from my coffee that it really is me sitting here, but only because I’m in an experiment to see how well creativity flows at such an early hour. I’m a six o’clock and not a minute before girl.

Still, I’m up for a challenge and the challenge has been given. Actually, the challenge was to wake up two hours earlier and write, but waking up at four would leave me in an undesirable state to be around for a good part of the day. Not a good idea.

Compromise was inevitable. I know creativity can flow in the evening, and considered being a non-conformist, staying up later rather than waking up earlier. That’s worked for me in the past. I wrote an entire novel in the late evening when our children were small. Granted, when they were small they went to bed early, my hubby went to bed early, and I had a quiet house all to myself—minus the distractions of the day.

Fast forward many years. My children are no longer small. These young adult men that now tower over me don’t go to bed early. Quiet, distraction-free evenings no longer exist. Going to bed around eleven means I’m the first one to bed.

Mornings may be the answer. Mornings fall into the distraction-free time zone. Yet the question remains: Can I get creativity to flow before six in the morning? 

I’m willing to try. Willing to experiment. My compromise is that I’m waking one hour earlier to see if this is even profitable for me.

I’ve survived several days of the experiment, but survived is the operative word. I figure to prove or disprove it, I should give it a few weeks, so I’ll stick it out for a while longer before giving an opinion. I’ll check in at a later date and let you know if early morning works for me—or if I’ve decided to be a nonconformist and work out a different approach!

How about you? When do you write? And why? What works for you? Let me know in the comment section!

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The Liberty to Be Unique

February 21, 2012 3 comments

In a world full of choices, the way you stand out is by not adding to the noise but by exposing your uniqueness.

Jeff Goins

The Liberty Bell in 1872

Image via Wikipedia (Public Domain)

The liberty to be unique.
The liberty to be quirky.
The liberty to be who we are.
We need to embrace that liberty!

Too often we spend our lives trying to fit in. We try to be someone who fits the status quo. We try to be Elastic Woman from the animated movie The Incredibles, adjusting our lives in a series of mind-boggling twists, turns—and sometimes knots. But we’re not Elastic Woman—or Mr. Fantastic, from The Fantastic Four, for the men reading this!

We know this doesn’t work in life. It especially doesn’t work in social media. If it’s the same old, same old? No doubt about it. It will be overlooked.

If we hope to stand out, if we hope to be heard, we cannot hide behind the opinions of others. We cannot simply parrot what we’ve read. We can’t stretch, twist, and recoil to follow the masses.

We must develop our own voice—our own opinions. We must risk exposing ourselves, exposing what we really think, and exposing our uniqueness.

There is a downside. The liberty to be unique comes with risks. There is risk with exposure—the risk of becoming vulnerable. But if we want our writing (and anything else, for that matter!) to make a difference, shouldn’t vulnerability be a risk we are willing to take? Are we ready? Are we ready to embrace our uniqueness? Are we ready to risk vulnerability? Are we ready to make a difference?

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