Reader’s Entertainment: For The Love of Writing

A New Breed of Inspiration – by Joan Swan

Writing is a very anxiety-ridden profession.  Beyond the will-my-publisher-buy-my-option-contract worries and the how-will-I-write-three-books-in-three-months impossibilities, I’m referring to the actual act of writing—every page, every paragraph, every sentence.  Heck, sometimes choosing every word causes stress.

Eric Maisel, a renowned psychologist specializing in creative coaching, suggests cracking an egg into a bowl before a writing session as a physical metaphor for breaking through the shell of anxiety that coats the action of writing.

I find that a little…slimy…for my taste.  Besides, if I cracked an egg for every time I grew anxious during a writing session—when my characters are hiding secrets, when my villain is planning to kill someone, when my hero and heroine kiss for the first time, when my internal editor kicks on (like every other sentence)—I’d need thirty acres of chickens out my back door.

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