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How to soar in your writing life…and as a result, the WHOLE of your life.
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What do you need to do to help you soar in your writing life? Join me for a Lesson in Creative Thermodynamics!
It takes a lot more energy to get off the ground than it does to stay in the air…
My dad joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager because they promised to let him fly a glider.
(Patriotism? Sure! But also: flying!)
As a kid I thought this sounded very cool. As a grown up (and a mother) my first thought is:
“You want to do what in a plane that has no engine?!”
But there’s a secret to staying in the air in a ‘sailplane’.
The secret is to know that some areas of the ground radiate extra energy in the form of heat. This forces the air upwards.
A skilled pilot in a good glider can find and ‘borrow’ that energy, riding those thermals, to soar for a little longer.
I promise It’s not just me spouting hot air (rim shot!)
As creative people, like glider pilots, we’re always fighting gravity–usually in the form of everyday obligations that demand our time and sap our energy. This is when we can learn something from glider pilots:
Borrow energy to give you a lift.
How do glider pilots find these invisible sources of lift?
It turns out there are clues you can stay alert for.
Wetlands are necessary for continuing life on this planet; but glider pilots need to plan around them, if they want to stay aloft.
In this metaphor the wetlands are all the parts of our lives that may be essential and beautiful, but don’t support our creativity. (You KNOW the ones I’m talking about.) They’re important. But if you spend all your energy there, you’ll come crashing down.
And it takes a lot more energy to get off the ground than it does to stay in the air.
All you need is one good, strong lift to keep your writing life aloft for a while.
And the more often you chain together those uplifting moments, the longer you get to soar.
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Live your life.
Do the things you need to do.
But stay alert for opportunities to ride an upward thermal every now and then.
What are YOUR creative thermals? What lifts you up and gives you energy? Share in the comments!
A 6-part journey through the short story.
Starts July 28, 2023