I decided to start publishing this series online as an experiment—to see if being compelled to write every week would enhance my creativity and my writerly discipline. What I have found is that it doesn’t work well for me. Rather than feeling more creatively inspired, I feel pressured and stressed out. I don’t feel that I have the imaginative breathing room that I would like to really allow the story to grow and develop organically. I also feel that I don’t have the time and space to edit appropriately or roll the story out in a way that will serve the narrative in the long term. However, it has been helpful in jump-starting me into a new project and encouraging me to think about it on a regular basis.
Like most people. I lead a fairly stressful life with little leisure time, in which everything feels accelerated and rushed constantly. I want my writing life to feel relaxed, fun and expansive. Feeling (mostly self-induced) pressure to produce regularly has not enhanced my creative process, but rather has stymied it. It causes me to feel depression rather than joy, and my goal is always to reach for the joy in my creative life. Therefore, regular weekly postings of “Wolfpine Glen” will be suspended for the time being.
“Wolpfine Glen” is sparking in my heart and my imagination, and will re-incarnate in some form in the future. I’m looking forward to getting to know Buzzy and Conrad and Forrest and Clay, and all of the eccentric residents of Wolfpine Glen. I will share regular updates here regarding the progress of the story and how it is developing. In the meantime, I thank you for reading!
Until we meet again,