In my blog post last week, I lamented getting stuck in my writing. Earlier this week, I’m happy to say, I found myself in the opposite situation: in the awesome state of flow.
Okay, okay, like the Grinch down the chimney, I got stuck for a moment or two. But then the answer came and I was off. And kept going. And kept going.
Though life pulled me away from time to time—a load of laundry here, a vet appointment there—they weren’t welcome distractions, like they so often can be. They were: Aww, I have to get up now?
For the ideas kept coming. Not necessarily amazing ideas. But ideas that kept moving me forward.
Ernest Hemingway said the following:
“The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next … and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time.”
I say, why take the risk? If I know what needs to come next, then let it come next right now. Sooner or later life will impede (i.e. my family will come home) and then you’ll be forced to stop. Until then, go for it. Don’t make your subconscious fuss over what you already know; let it fuss over what comes beyond that point. So when you next have time to write, you can strive for that awesomeness all over again.
How do you proceed in your writing? Do you stop when you know what comes next?