Tuesday, February 5, 2019

DIY MFA 19 02 05

6. Prompt: Have you had a time when resistance served as your creative compass and pointed you toward a particular project?

I've fought resistance all my life. But I've always called it procrastination.

Maybe I need to rethink this resistance/procrastination thing. Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA, and who is guiding a varied group of writers through the DIY MFABookClub course, has another insight on this.

Of course, I've always known, since I was an adult, that in procrastinating doing something I was resisting doing it. What I didn't allow myself to consider was what was behind my resistance: Fear. Fear of failure, fear of hurt, fear of wasting time on something that wasn't going to pan out because I didn't have the faith in myself that I could complete it or complete it well enough.

I can't think of a time when resistance pointed me toward a particular project, however, it has pointed me to taking this course when I otherwise would have been procrastinating... er... resisting getting back to my WIP (work in progress). I'm sure I will learn something about myself and my writing goals as I go through the course.

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