Sometimes You Can't Go with the Flow: Hacking Writing Energies in Episode 304 with Jess and KJ
Here’s the deal: Jess and I (KJ here) have been rolling with different energies lately. She’s letting the spirit move her. Being inspired. Putting time into other creative projects and inviting that to feed her soul. I’m stepping over other projects, telling the spirit I’m not home right now and keeping the spotlight in one place.
In this episode, we talk about when you can—and can’t—go with the flow. How we handle it when other ideas beckon, but a deadline demands our attention. What we do between projects and why. And why KJ puts a meal plan on the fridge every week, while Jess asks “what do we feel like eating?”—but that does NOT mean Jess can’t make a plan and stick to it, or that KJ never follows the muse. (Although, re: dinner: I don’t CARE what you feel like eating. This is what we’re having.)
As always, if you’ve got a pressing writerly question you’d like us to answer or that you might be willing to work through on the show, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links from the Pod:
Special Care Instructions blog post
2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron
Blueprint for a Book by Jennie Nash
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need by Jessica Brody
Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Outlander Lady: Diana Gabaldon
The Vortex: A True Story of History's Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation, Scott Carney and Jason Miklian
KJ: The Secret to Superhuman Strength, Alison Bechdel
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