Inside versus outside, it turns out everything and nothing’s changed since last Friday:
It’s still uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time.
I still take afternoon naps.
I’m still daunted by two sets of stairs when I need to get from the basement to the bedrooms.
I’m still not sleeping well at night, what with the largish mass in our bed (though it is nice that sometimes we can talk him into sleeping in his bassinet — he is more detachable than he was last week).
Really, the biggest difference is that now I rarely have my arms free anymore. When you’re pregnant, at least you’ve got that going for you.
But we’re doing well around here. He eats like crazy, which means he hasn’t lost any birth weight and has probably gained some since then. He sleeps three hours at a time, which is decent; if we time it right, I only have to get up with him at 2am and 5am. He poops regularly and loudly, so we know everything’s functioning in that department.
It’s made me think that he could have his own movie: Eat, Sleep, Poop. Starring Brad Pitt . . . or one of Brad Pitt’s babies.
It’s also made me think about writing (of course! doesn’t everything?).
See, newborn’s don’t feel obligated to do their three moves in a set order. Sometimes they eat, then poop, then eat some more, then sleep. Sometimes they eat, then sleep, then eat, then poop, then sleep. Sometimes they sleep, then eat, then poop. You get the idea. It’s definitely what you would call an organic process.
And I still remember a writing professor in college showing us how The Writing Process is too often described as linear, as if once you’re finished prewriting, that’s it — you have to move on to drafting. Ditto from drafting to revising.
Not so! Sometimes I write first — just start drafting a first chapter of something brand new to see how it might take shape. And then I might revise that idea and then go to “prewriting” to research or brainstorm other possibilities. Writing should be organic. We should move around in the process according to what’s needed. We should even feel free to sleep on it.
Anyhow, not a hugely brilliant revelation, I realize, but I had a baby last week. Cut me some slack. 😉
How about you? What’s your creative process like? What moves do you switch between?