Writing the Biorhythm Waves
At times my creativity is hot. Other times…you guessed it, cold. I began to notice a fairly regular cycle of being on and off. Though I’ve never had writer’s block, at first I began to write when the Muse was hot, edit when she was slouching.
At other times when I thought it wise to edit, I found myself creating new prose. I was in a quandary. Someone suggested I watch my biorhythms and see if the writing cycles coincided at all with the three main cycles of biorhythms.
The next time I had a surge of energy that allowed me to be creative and write new prose, I checked my biorhythms. Sure enough. My intelligence line was at the top of the chart. So was my line of emotion. My physical energy line had just crossed the median line on the upswing. All that created such a high.
However, some months later I noticed that I felt particularly quiet and yet the words poured out in two short stories within half an hour. As I said, I felt quiet creatively. So I was surprised to see what poured out of this mind, through my fingertips and became two completely different stories.
Again, I checked my biorhythms only to find that my physical energy line was at the bottom of the lower curve; which was why I felt less energy. Intelligence was on the downslide but still high above the median line, and emotions were also on the downslide but below the median line. That must have been why I felt no energy and yet the words flowed.
Once I began to check my biorhythms regularly, I got the idea that I was trying to dictate when I could and couldn’t write, or when I should or shouldn’t. That was not good.
Certain cycles produce more energy but all are good for me because I write from different moods. Biorhythms in all their variances produce different moods and emotions and not any of these will prevent a person from writing.
The ups and downs of biorhythms have their place as they are being used to teach people to control emotions, temperaments and such. As far as writing, I’m simply happy to recognize the differences in my mental states and then write from that platform. If my moods dictate what I write, so be it. But I don’t have to have all high Biorhythms in order to write. Nor will I write all negative work when my rhythms are in the dumps.
I’ve found several writers who watch their Biorhythms, and much more than I did. I don’t watch anymore because I believe I can tell what’s going on with all three cycles on any given day.
My friends live by them. Some days they feel off, like having lost interest in writing. Other days, they are super-charged. Biorhythms helped them understand. It might be interesting to chart your progress as your cycles vary. It may help you as a writer to learn of peak performance times – whether to write, whether to edit, or why you feel elated or deflated about your writing. Chances are, it’s not about your writing at all. It’s about the fluctuation of your Biorhythms and how they affect creativity.
Note: Biorhythms can be charted in many places on the Net. Your readings will be the same no matter whose chart you use.
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