This past week was kind of a downer after the thrill of editing my short story and seeing such progress and encouraging feedback. My task this week is to go through the chapter summaries of my novel and create a document listing all the edits I need to make. I justified procrastinating on this last week in order to get some fresh words written in my new WIP, Campus Zombies, but I felt guilty that I didn’t get more done in these notes. Part of my problem was lacking motivation for what seemed like a less significant and creative process than writing new fiction.
Today, (Monday), I settled down and pushed myself to make major progress. To my surprise, I found that there were still ways to be creative when compiling the list of edits. I was exhilarated to see how this process put my story’s complications in simple points. The technology in my story and how each character added dimension to the technology has been a whirlwind of confusion as I wrote. This intimidation led to more procrastination.
But, this monotonous process of jotting down facts has clarified these relationships and I am now more confident about finding resolution to the murky parts. So, not only did a seemingly monotonous task turn into a creative exercise in problem solving, but it also produced clarity on something that has been wringing my brain for a year. If that doesn’t motivate you to push through the monotony of your work, I don’t know what will.
Tomorrow, I have six more chapters to note, and then I can begin editing. The lack of enthusiasm I had last week is gone because I put my nose to the grindstone and ground out some work. Funny, writing feels the same way most days. Why did I get down on note taking because it wasn’t as productive or fun as writing? It was as if I were some high-falutin artist that couldn’t be bothered cleaning up my mess from the last project despite not having a pencil handy to start another. I do not clean, I create! Well, this time, cleaning allowed me to see what I created in a new way. In the process, my ever creative mind was finding the real story within my convoluted mess.
Here’s the thing, if being creative is your thing, don’t worry about being bored in monotonous tasks. Your creativity may need those tasks to let your subconscious solve that ever-bothersome riddle. I don’t know how I am going to wrap up all the threads in my novel. But, today’s production gave me confidence that I have a gift meant for solving these kinds of problems. Sometimes, that gift comes out when I’m doing the boring stuff that needs done anyway. It’s a win-win. Hopefully, it will be for you too.
Do you have any monotonous tasks that have helped you solve that ever-bothersome riddle?