While I was sick last week I was reading a number of books, as usual, including Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing and the Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski. Among them was also Let the Elephants Run by David Usher, a book about creativity. One of his suggestions is to “start messing with your patterns.” So I messed with my pattern. I did not write last Friday.

But Fridays keep coming around.

He also says that “creativity is an investment and like any investment there are risks and there are no guarantees. The only true guarantee is that if you don’t invest in your imagination you will not become more creative.” That reminds me that there are many ways of investing in my process and if I am not writing or actively researching I can still be investing. So there.

He has a formula to his creative process: curiosity, interest, exploration, ideas, collect, file, filter, experiment, moment of creative collision, work, ship it. I am half way through his exploration of these.

I have a hard copy of my current manuscript, ideas after interviewing a friend and great intentions to get out a final draft…and ship it. It is a plan.