It seems that the word order strikes fear in somebody, who swims in the waters of freelance work, but particularly among writers. Is not order exactly what you wanted to escape or what made you run away from a ‘regular’ weekday to weekday job? Haven’t you seen too many episodes of any variant of “Law and Order”, or did the band that called itself New Order hit the exact spot when they called one of their (best) songs “Blue Monday”?
Well, it certainly what you think order represents. If you think of it only in terms of restrictions, rules, and regulations that are imposed on you. But then, if you think of it in terms of having a set of standard steps and procedures which you apply to your writing and your daily routine in general, in the sense of being order(ly), isn’t that something that you must have if you want to do something that is actually very serious work? No matter how easy, inspiring and leisurely it comes to you personally.
No, by the order I don’t mean having a messy pile of books, magazines, notepads around your workplace or food and drinks next to your keyboard, writing pad, whatever. That can actually be exactly a part of your personal order that you set up because it actually stimulates your process of reading, thinking and ultimately writing.
It is exactly that personal set of steps, procedures, ultimately order that you yourself set up to make you think and work isn’t the best manner you can. But it is also setting up an order during your day where you devote time also to your other obligations, family, sleeping eating…
This is actually the best way to stimulate your creativity, just as long as it is personal, something you have optimally set for yourself. Devoting specific time to thinking, whether it is on a run or just simply sitting by yourself does produce ideas, even so, they come at a completely different point. After all, you can always note them down’ “out of order”.
Anything else is just ultimate chaos, doing things at a whim or being pulled by other people at any undefined point, or just simply letting events and things pull you any which way. For a writer, that is exactly the thing that actually creates a chaos in thinking and writing.
So don’t call it order, but do make it your own. Then no Monday will be blue, no matter how good the New Order song is.
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