Passion is an Odd Thing

As many of you know, I am relocating. Because of this relocation I’ve been purging my home of ten years, everything from clothes no longer worn, to books, to knick-knacks. Why do we become so passionate about certain things and accumulate this stuff? Memories of travels to other countries, books that spoke to us, but we have forgotten why, clothing that looked great in the store and hideous in the light of day…the list goes on.

Passion comes in many forms, and right now my passion is about getting rid of the things that have weighed me down. With every bag taken to a local charity, every box of books dropped at the library, my passion for this self-imposed job increases. But don’t get me started on the stack of manuscripts printed out and put into three-ring-binders. I did that when I first started writing. And the collages. Sigh. I see a lot more shredding in my future.

Tall Stack of Documents --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Tall Stack of Documents — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I find myself saying things like: “Good job,” “that is awesome,” “you’ve done a great day of work.” It wasn’t always that way. I’d known for two weeks that the photographers were scheduled for Friday. What did I do? I read a lot. I procrastinated about where to start, how to start. Finally on the Saturday I attacked one area and after doing that, another, then another. I’m odd like that. Once I start a project it’s like I want it done yesterday, and I’m relentless. At the time of writing this, it is Thursday. I’ve even done my housework and yardwork in readiness, and I’ve moved on to the shredding of old documents. Amazing what one can achieve when on deadline.

It would be delightful if I could apply that same passion to writing a new story. MP900402508[1]
 I always get that feeling of accomplishment and the stirring of passion after the midway point of a novel. Then I’m on a real high. Getting started is hard. I’m a procrastinator, and I understand that about myself, but while I seem to be lazing about twiddling my thumbs my mind is weighing and balancing, day dreaming, night dreaming, and when I finally do start the next project it runs fairly smoothly.

How about you? Are you a highly passionate person? Are you a procrastinator? Or do you jump in and become super organized the moment a project raises its head?

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6 Responses to Passion is an Odd Thing

  1. I don’t procrastinate that much any more, but my projects don’t go smoothly AT ALL! LOL I’d rather be like you!

    I can’t imagine moving. I have so much stuff. You’re an inspiration, though.

    Oh, and funny about printing out those MSes and putting them in binders. I have some too. Thank goodness for electronic everything. I change my words and pages so constantly, that committing to print really shouldn’t happen until it’s published! I love not wasting trees, too.

    Good luck with the house sale.

    • robena grant says:

      Thanks, Nicci! Yep, those paper files are a thing of the past. I do like my collages though, but now that the majority of those stories have been published there is no sense in keeping them in a closet. 🙂

  2. Hi Robena, Your post is inspiring me to start decluttering. After one (or more) of those sessions, I feel energized to start a new project. Right now, I’m vacillating between three WIPs and not getting too much accomplished.

    Now what to declutter…

    Joanne 🙂

    • robena grant says:

      Isn’t it funny, Joanne, how we do mundane chores like that and it stimulates the need to write? Maybe we daydream while doing the chores? Whenever I write a new book I always re-arrange my office. Ha ha.

  3. Hi Robena –
    Wishing you all the best with your upcoming move. I am passionate and antsy. I want things to get done faster than I can possibly accomplish them.

    As for writing, I slog through the first three chapters of every book as if swimming in molasses. Somewhere around the midway point I catch fire, and by the last couple of chapters I experience the snowball effect.

    How’s that for mixing metaphors!!!!

    • robena grant says:

      Thanks, Lynne.
      Swimming in molasses is something I recognize. I absolutely love writing the last half of the book. I also like first chapters…it’s everything that comes in between that slows my process. *grin*