Anxiety Pancakes: Life in the Middle of a Novel (Day Seven)

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This image is how it looks and feels when I have a good day–I feel excited and stimulated in a beatific kind of way because new thoughts keep occurring to me and everything and everybody I meet seems to give me something that helps my story. So not all days in the middle of a novel are about dry spells or frustration. Sometimes, like yesterday and the day before, the writing just falls on the page. Creative flow it’s called.

How do I make the good days happen? By stimulating myself with research, by conversations with interesting friends or by reading an interesting book. And by taking time for myself, regular exercise and sleeping eight hours. If you want to make extraordinary art live an ordinary life, Gertrude Stein once said. So right now I’m your ordinary girl living by an ordinary old routine.

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