The Windmills of My Mind
The past three weeks have whirled by and time has simply spun on without me; hence my temporary absence from the blogging world.
Mid-January, I returned to the realms of teaching and albeit a temporary position, I have been dragged away from my story writing and hurtled into the world of literary analysis – a world that I never thought I would have to revisit again. But life tends to spiral us in repetitive circles every now and then and all we can do is embrace it and learn new things. Now I have a week’s break, I returned to a place that helps to free my mind, release the stress and regain some life balance: the Windmill.
I have always found that over analysing anything in life spoils the enjoyment of a task and prevents spontaneity. I like my mind to be free of all constraints and relish the moment before me: I have learnt that too much thinking inhibits creativity. The first time I visited this windmill, which is only a 15 minute walk from where I live, a song of my childhood sang loudly in my head - yes, you guessed it, “The Windmills of Your Mind”. The song is quite fitting for words do “jangle in my head” and time does whirl by without caution or pause for reflection.
Analysing texts does require discipline and high level thinking skills. So, in order to gain something from my career detour (the scenic route of course), I am currently planning my second novel with literary technique and analytical skills at the forefront of my mind. It is giving me a different experience as my first novel was written in a kind of hot air balloon, go where the wind takes me approach. My current writing journey is more like the bullet train on the Shinkansen – carefully constructed and highly organised. Only time will tell if the rigidity of this method will work for me or not. I’ll keep you posted.
I would be interested to hear what method you use in the planning stages of a story or if you visit a special place to ‘free your mind’.