As writers, many of us, especially on the professional end of the spectrum have a saying: BICHOK
When you’re writing to deadline, or to pay the bills, then that’s the way it’s got to be. There’s no room for writer’s block; there’s no time to have your muse go out for a walk and never come back. You have to write. Many people use plotting or outlines to help keep them on track. I know when I was actively outlining my stories, it was easy, and very rewarding, to check off the plot points you’d written and know you were that much closer to finishing the gorram book.
While it can be stressful, it can also be very zen-inducing. You know what you want to do, what you have to do, and you do it. There’s a simplicity about it. Maybe it’s your time to yourself and you can shut out the kids and the family and simple be alone for an hour while you pound out a thousand words or more. Or maybe, this is when you are in the flow, complete with music on the stereo and a lit, scented candle. It doesn’t matter why you’re in the zen-mode, only that you are.
Because a large part of creativity is being in that moment, of allowing yourself to step aside from your daily life for a moment and allow the words to flow through you. When you do that, there is a beauty and wonder to the moment. And that’s the moment in which you place yourself.
Yes, many times BICHOK is a chore. After all, there are many other things to do, books to read, movies to see, or even naps to take…if you’re really desperate rooms to clean…before you can complete those words. Yet, when you stop, make time for those words, and get it done, then, you know you’re in the moment and you experience a kind of zen.
It can happen. I promise. And it all begins with BICHOK.