Cycling Eases Writers Project to Project
Today’s word-a-day selection is late coming, but we are rolling right along with cycling: noun 1. the act or sport of riding or traveling by bicycle, tricycle, ect. 2. also called bicycle race, bicycle racing sports. a race on lightweight bicycles with low handle bars, conducted for specified distances or against time on a dirt or board track or over public roads between cities. Maybe it is Queen’s new biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which was recently released. Maybe it has me belting out Bicycle Race with abandon. But cycling brings such joy. Not familiar with the song or lyrics? See here: https://www.bing.com/search?q=youtube+queen+bicycle&form=EDNTHT&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=8437e9d114a24868c066bc28889ce7ed&PC=HCTS&sp=2&ghc=1&qs=AS&pq=youtube+queen+b&sk=LS1&sc=8-15&cvid=8437e9d114a24868c066bc28889ce7ed&cc=US&setlang=en-US
Pedaling Forward One Word at a Time
The great thing about cycling as in a reference to the creative process is that it holds a golden key. Unlock writer’s block easily with cycling. It keeps projects moving forward with ease. Here is my version of it. I typically keep three, six, or nine projects moving at the same time. Let’s start with the three project cycling method that works wonders for me. I work on sending something out the door daily, or with large projects weekly or monthly depending upon its length. To quickly find something to send out the door, look into a rejection pile. Pick it out, apply the changes needed to fit a new publication, and then get it out the door. Work on a longer piece-in-progress while this is happening daily. And, finally, develop an idea or free-write to brainstorm a new piece. One out, one in progress, and one in development keeps me busy. If the pieces are shorter, I can multiply the work and do two or three projects in each rotation.
The Message of Cycling
The message this spinning word gives is all about sustaining flow: Just keep moving. Sometimes you will pedal fast and get a lot of work done. Other times you will feel like you are spinning your wheels. Get off that vehicle and get on another. Keep moving, writing, and sending out work. I think it is important to remember that flow happens. Sometimes slowly and sometimes fast. It continues when the work is easy enough to coast and when we are straining to go all uphill on a government grant. The message is clear: Keep going!
Try your hand by working on a three-project cycle. Free-write in your journal about a topic of choice. Then, if you have a current project, keep working on it. And, finally, if you have any rejections, rework one and send it out right away. Just keep cycling those project. Keep writing!
Here’s to growing your flow,