I’ve touched on this topic more than once during the challenge, but it’s worth expanding (don’t worry, I’ll keep it short!)
Today is about getting stuck in the worlds we create, and how this translates to both our work and home life. One of the things that can happen, when you’ve been deep in a creative cloud and you’re close to burn out, is facing a jarring shift back to reality. A story can take over every aspect of our lives, so when we emerge and our loved ones expect us to shift back to the present, it can take a second.
These worlds are often complex, and it takes time to immerse ourselves completely. Once we do, once we’re in the thick of things and taking a journey that often has major highs and even greater lows, we’re bound to become invested. It’s not uncommon to feel emotionally drained after writing a scene, so it takes a lot of patience and understanding from those around us.
When it comes to the work itself, we can also get stuck in a particular world and form an unhealthy reliance on the familiarity of it. We might then be reluctant to step out of our comfort zone or explore other stories that need to be told.
I wrote a little free verse to end the post (my apologies to the poets among us!)
Teetering on a precipice between two worlds,
The line blurred but not broken;
Until that final hurl,
A freefall into the unknown
Where danger, magic and mayhem,
Blanket you in a cloud of creative euphoria
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