Friday, February 20, 2009

Busy Weeks ahead

I'm heading into an overbooked condition, as we say-- Newark Museum on Monday, new class at NYU on Tuesday (at the dread Norman Thomas Center in midtown....) followed by continuing class at NYU. then more teaching, including a new little-kid school and, I think a Jump Start Your Novel on Saturday followed by a run to and from WV to take my mom home. She's been doing any
chores I can give her-- went through the plants watering and trimming, and now she's working on my wrapping paper closet, organizing it pretty well, something it would have taken me months even to get to, especially now. Now meaning with the onset of heavy teaching.

Yesterday I finished a draft of Ten Strategies and got it in to Ed at Montemayor Press for first reactions. A pleasure to dash it off, and even these lesson plans from the Arts Catalyst Program at the Museum are fun, but they don't take me to the deep place that the writing of stories and novels does.

The deep place is something unnamable that we call the sources of creativity, or the unconscious or the muse or maybe even meditation. The nonfiction, especially this nonfiction about how to do something, is sunnier and closer to being with other people-- some of fiction writing is like that too, but it's a second or third stage, revision, not the Deep Place. I'm feeling good and productive, but I miss the deep place.

On the other hand-- during this productive gregarious period, I've been remembering more dreams at night....

1 comment:

Pat Joyce said...

Ms. Willis, I am from Shinnston and remember your mother as being a very gracious lady, and your father as a stern, but fair educator. Your mother used to check in on Mary Chrislip when Mary was our next door neighbor. My name is Pat Joyce, but you may know my brother and sister, Joe and Ann, better, as I am nine and seven years younger than them. I am entering the WV Writers Competition for the first time this year. My entries will center around growing up in Shinnston, and the gang of guys I hung around with. I want to take this opportunity to say how proud everyone in Shinnston is of your career. I have always held authors on a pedestal, and now even more so when I have discovered how hard the process is even on a small scale.