I’ve been procrastinating (or it felt like it) over the last couple of weeks. But then I sat down yesterday and things started to come together. I felt like I finally had a handle on how to make the show.
It’s nothing I hadn’t already known consciously - but somehow I hadn’t been ready to just sit down and do it. Right now, I’m ready to believe that what seemed like procrastination, unproductively circling my ideas, wasn’t.
Rather, I was productively circling my ideas, immersing myself in what I needed to know and understand for the writing journey ahead.
(Circling as, like a wolf around a campfire - not circling like circling a word on paper, just FYI.)
I’m writing about this to remind myself: The next time I can’t get it together to actually sit down and start a draft, it’s always possible that there’s a good reason for that. That I don’t necessarily need to beat myself up over it. Maybe things just need to incubate.
(Of course, show not written yet, hoping not to tempt fate, or some kind of wry grimace in the future, with these possibly over-optimistic thoughts.)
Anyway, I think ‘being able to tell the difference between procrastination and incubation’ is a skill I’m starting to learn.
I’m still stuck when people ask what I’m doing. The last time someone asked, I replied “making an immersive interactive hi-tech theatre show”. He replied, “That’s a lot of words”.
Hmm. Yes it is. I’m not sure there’s a solution to that. Because the kind of show I’m working on isn’t something most people have experienced before. No matter how snazzy and haiku-ish a phrase I came up with, the response would still be ‘huh?’ (And the description above is still a bad description, anyway).
I think I need to come up with a description that’s maybe less accurate but that won’t involve me having to launch into an explanation about what transmedia/immersive entertainment is, every time someone asks what I’m doing. Yep. I think, just “writing a theatre show” is possibly the most functional small-talk description. Less satisfying for the ego (‘Look! Shiny! New!’) but a whole lot more functional for day-to-day life.