Though my blogs have been largely silent, I have been writing a lot of late. Since completing grad school (where I had built in deadlines to make sure I wrote A LOT), I decided to set myself a goal of writing a minimum of 45 minutes at least 5 days a week. I don’t always reach my goal, but it has had the result of encouraging me to write a lot, and many days I exceed my goal many times over.
I am working on a book, and I set this goal primarily as a way to combat the resistance that most writers and creative people feel towards doing their most important creative work. The resistance is inexplicable in many ways, because it’s resistance to work we desire to do. As part of this method of facing my resistance, if I really feel resistance, I allow myself to fulfill my goal by writing for a minimum of 3 hand-written journal pages giving full vent to the resistance I feel. The results have been powerful. Repeatedly, when I’ve done this, it has only been a short time before I am back to working on my creative project.
I would be curious to hear others experiences in dealing with their resistance to doing their most important creative work.