Guard Your Creativity with a Moat
Today’s word-of-the-day selection is moat: noun – a deep, wide trench, usually filled with water, surrounding a fortified place, such as a town or a castle. verb to surround with or as with a moat. Perhaps I love this word, because it rhymes with wrote and note. Also, it fuels images of fairytale lands where the kingdom is protected by an aquic shield.
Moats are all about boundaries. And, its use in writing has the same associations of protection through distancing the craft from invaders. Writers who protect their writing space, time, and projects are more likely to succeed. The marauders may not be invading troops, but can take on the form of small children, an army of well-intended friends, or even complete strangers who want to help without an invitation for such need from the writer herself.
Moat’s Message of Exclusion
The message of moat is one of self-care: Carve out your writing schedule and defend it. And, with even greater concern, protect the piece you are writing from the politically correct eye. Last night, my husband and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody. The Freddie Mercury fueled bio-pic of the British rock band, Queen. Their six-minute rock opera had to be actively shopped after wide rejections. They finally found a disc jockey willing to play the song, which ran twice as long as the then accepted three-minute cutoff. While Queen’s bandmates received intense criticism, they guarded the song and its album’s integrity until it found a home. It is hard to believe that such a masterpiece would have gone to ground without its due. If you have never heard the song, listen to it here: https://www.google.com/searchauthuser=0&source=hp&ei=9KrpW5nYKdPojgSO947gCA&q=bohemian+rhapsody+song&oq=boh&gs_l=psy-ab.1.6.0i131l8j0j0i131.4309.5265..10935…0.0..0.135.450.2j3……0….1..gws-wiz…..0.u1GAIXhq-sI
Open your journal. Take 15 minutes and free-write about ways to gain a a regular, uninterrupted writing schedule. Also, consider ways to protect your writing from being invaded by unsolicited comments. Decide to take one new action this week to defend your writing.
Here’s to growing your flow,