David has some important thoughts about time away from the wheelhouse.
A friend of mine told me that when she stops writing for a while, she finds the reentry difficult. Ideas that once bubbled on the front burner have cooled. A mood that was firmly established seems to have disappeared. The muse has taken a sabbatical. Tools of the trade feel awkward and hard to manage.
I’m fortunate in that I came home to a project already well established and that needed more editing than original material. But on the plane I sat with a writing pad on my lap and played my old game of association. I began with the word GOAT and formed three lists of ten words or phrases associated with goat or spin-offs from the original word. I didn’t catch fire from any of the thirty.
Maybe I was tired. It’s a long trip from the west coast to the middle. Or maybe my eight…
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