My work with Matador Life is boss. I spend my mornings working with other writers and travelers, talking about writing, travel, relationships. I publish my writing weekly, and I get paid for this, too. It's really a dream job. But what about that pesky fiction I've been meaning to write?
Then the other day, I went for a bike ride down Ruta 28 heading toward Salta. It's a lovely road. Cows, goats and horses happily munch along the edges of expansive brush topped with mustard yellow flowers. Along the way, you can stop to buy fresh unpasteurized milk -- I've been wanting to get some to make cheese -- empanadas and even cabritos and lechones to kill and slap on the asador.
The whole scene inspired me, and I even composed an entire short story, beginning to end with symbolism of branded horses, small piles of garbage and the large armadillo statue at the end of the road. Problem was, it was all in my head and by the time I got home, the story and its inspiration evaporated.
In general, I haven't had much room in my head to write creatively these days. Work, life, blogging, planning my trip to Burning Man and a host of other things that I genuinely enjoy and feel very grateful to have in my life take up a lot of room.Or maybe that's just an excuse.
They say to be a writer you need only write every day. And I do, just not fiction every day. Sure, I blog and write for Matador every single day. Every single day, I'm engaged with writers and the writing process.Do I need to make room for ten minutes of fiction writing every single day no matter what?
David Miller, my editor at Matador, recently started a website called Mix Tape Writing. Each week he holds a new contest. Each serves a writing prompt designed to turn your thinking a bit on it's head.
This week's challenge: Called Ambient White Noise.
Do you find writing articles and editing others' writing (or maybe just daily life?) get in the way of your own creative fiction? Or is this just part of the ebb and flow of the writing process?
I'd love to hear what others experience and maybe hear a bit how you work through your own writer's block.
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