Your Yowling Creative Rhythm

Your Yowling Creative Rhythm

Are you missing a beat in your yowling creative rhythm? You may not know it, but the rhythm and pace at which you create can be almost as crucial as the creation itself. The right rhythm is a well-oiled engine that keeps us motivated and enjoying our task, even if it’s not finished. When we move through that paper, project, or plan at a pace that suits us, we are more likely to keep returning to work on it. Some people call it their “creative groove.” Others call it “flow.” Still others call it “being in the zone.”

We may not even have words for that feeling or sense of moving forward, but somehow we know when it stops and we’re stuck. I call that stuck place “creator’s crunch.”

Understand Your Rhythm as a Yowling Creator: Set Your Pace

Yowling Creator Rhythm

Yowling Creator Rhythm

Setting your pace means making a date with yourself and scheduling your creative joy in order to maintain an intimate relationship with your creation. This also means not scheduling more time than you actually use productively.

If you’re only good for three solid hours of work, don’t take off the whole day and expect to create a masterpiece. No one likes to be rushed. If you think your project will take you a total of eight hours to complete but you only work well two hours at a time, then schedule two hours daily over four days.

So keep your yowling creator’s heart beating. Set boundaries and enjoy the fruit of your creative labor.

What Other Yowling Creators Say…

Here’s what some of the most prolific people and experts say about how to preserve your yowling creative heartbeat:

Preparation….incubation….insight….evaluation….elaboration. –Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, author of Flow and Creativity

Learning, thinking, writing. — Hal Croasmun, ScreenwritingU

Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance. And there is only the dance. — T. S. Eliot

There are times of complete frustration; there are daily small deaths. Then I need all the comfort that practice has stored in my memory, and a tenacity of faith. — Martha Graham


How do you keep your yowling creator rhythm flowing and moving forward?

27 Responses to “Your Yowling Creative Rhythm”

  1. German Tapia says:

    You are perfectly right. I have to set time away from my busy life to create. Being a student, I constantly struggle with time. Life is complicated; especially when you have several roles in life like being a father, worker, pastor, and student. However, since last semester I have been applying certain steps in my life that I learned in my creative writing class which are molding my life.
    I understand that the steps which I implement in my rhythm of life are going to take time. Therefore, when it comes to my creation, two to three hours per day would be enough for me to do my best. I cannot do more than that time otherwise frustration knocks at the door. There is one more thing that helps my specific time of creation. It is those moments of light which occur during the day and that I have to write on a piece of paper. Those fragments of time enrich my creation and as a result my days are easier.

  2. Suelen E Santos says:

    When I first started this semester, the teacher encouraged the class to create a schedule to study. It was supposed to be created respecting our rhythm. Then, I did my schedule. My process of creation is kind of slow, so I need more than two hours a day to finish all my assignments. However, I cannot stay more than two hours working without a pause. So, what I use to do is to work for two straight hours, and then, I take a break of approximately 1 hour. Some days I miss my schedule. As a result, the next day I have double work. When that happens, I can feel clearly a drop in the quality of my process of creation. Explaining that, I want to emphasize the importance of following your rhythm. Respect your limits, give yourself the right to take a break and refresh your mind.

  3. Jordan Norwood says:

    I definitely agree with this blog entry. In order to maintain a proper work balance and produce high levels of work it’s imperative that you set the proper time schedule for yourself. Setting and maintaining a pace is also key too. If we do this we can keep our yowling’s “heart beating” and perform well with our tasks.

  4. Anne Landrum says:

    Rhythm has been the key to my success in many writing assignments I have received. This motivation has become dwindled recently. It is nice to read about how different time-management in the creative process can be. Now, I am learning how to use my time and how much time exactly I need to keep motivated and to stay focused.

  5. Isaac McAllister says:

    Ensuring that I set up a schedule for getting my assignments done has been crucial for me. If I leave it to the last minute, then I simply cram and, because I work for too long, don’t have as good of a paper. By using a limited amount of time per day for each assignment, it ensures that I have the best possible paper by the time I’m ready to turn it in. Also, scheduling helps me be more relaxed about my schooling; To not have that lingering fear of an upcoming assignment is very valuable.

  6. Anne Landrum says:

    Learning, thinking, writing. Creating a paper or work is certainly a process. Scheduling time is crucial to be able to think and create. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time! Even multi-tasking is simply focusing on one thing at a time: Just really fast. If time is not made appropriately, failure is inevitable.

  7. Leena Im says:

    I keep my Yowling Creator’s Rhythm by keeping a day of relaxation. I would not work hard or study the entire day. After a day of rest, my mind strengthens. My creativity usually comes from the actives i did that day.

  8. Sydney Bibal says:

    I totally agree with everything that is said in this entry. I currently have one week to complete two research finals. Silly me, I’ve only been working on them here and there. However, I do feel like I will get way more done if I create a schedule for each day I have left so that I can be working proficiently. One week is not a lot of time, therefore I have a lot of work to get done! Good thing I have my outline and a few paragraphs to keep me moving along.

  9. Vanessa Walters says:

    It is extremely intriguing how different people find their rhythm in varying ways. Since moving to college I have met numerous people who do their best work when crunching to meet a deadline. For them, the pressure makes them produce better work. However, I can only do good work if I have lots of time and space to finish my creation. Everyone has a different rhythm that they work in. I think that just goes to show how creative and unique we all are from each other!

  10. Tiffany F says:

    It’s dead week this week. Everyone is trying to get into some kind of rhythm for studying and writing papers. Right now I am slightly in one, putting aside hours to work and hours to rest. I can only focus for a couple hours at a time so I constantly need a break or else I’ll lose the groove to work at all. But having a two-hour-at-a-time schedule really works for me.

  11. Hailee Andrews says:

    I could not agree more with the importance of finding your groove. As this year has gone by with all the different essays that have been due, i realized just how important it is to find your particular “flow”. Setting a date with yourself is perfectly put because when you are writing from your heart you are truly pouring out all you have to give on that very piece of paper. Finding your rhythm to writing could save you from hours of headache.

  12. Tricia Fontneau-Ramos says:

    I have been writing my last exegetical paper of the semester for Exodus and Deuteronomy. Reading this helped me to space out the time I have left for each section of the paper. In past years I struggled with saving everything for the last minute. As I got stuck on different sections I stopped and re-evaluated my pace after reading this. This has been helpful for my completion of my term paper.

  13. James Atwell says:

    My creative rhythm often is tailored to the time frame I have for the task and/or when inspiration strikes. If I’m creating something for recreation, I’m often patient and just wait for inspiration to strike then get to work immediately with that spark. I then stop working if it goes away. However for task that HAVE to be done, such as school projects, I adjust that rhythm to meet the schedule or due date. But more times then not I choose to sit down and complete assignments at one time no matter what the size, assuming it’s possible to do it in one sitting. If I do a large project in multiple sitting I usually loose my inspiration or forget where I was going with my ideas all together.

  14. Martin Gallegos says:

    As finals week approaches I find it very difficult to “be in the zone”. With so much left to do, and so little time, I cannot help but to be overly stressed and worried. In this final weekend, and week, of Fall semester making time for final papers and studying for exams has been a main priority, but I still struggle with getting my head in the game and delivering a perfect draft. Time has been key to the progress I have made so far. Still a long ways to go from perfection.

  15. Eric Garcia says:

    This is something I need to work on because I still haven’t completely found a rhythm yet. I just do things when I can. I feel that having a rhythm is good in theory but putting into to practice is difficult because every situation is different and almost never the same. This is something I will try to succeed in doing next semester.

  16. Natalie Reagan says:

    I procrastinate a lot and when I focus I feel like I can get work done. I wait to do things last minute but when I actually sit down and do them I get work done. The struggle for me is to start an assignment. I have to force myself to plan out a day to work and force myself not to go back to my room.

    • elena Medina says:

      When I read this article I thought that it is very important to keep the rhythm during our creator process.Through this process we can transform our everyday life. While we are connecting our ideas using the imagination to highlight the illuminating spark and transforming insight inspiration in something different to maintain a relationship among our creator process and our everyday life activities as a rhythm that could be impact the readers.

  17. Yesica Caciano says:

    As a mother of two I find that my greatest challenge in adjusting to college life and to succeeding in the classroom is in managing time effectively.I have learned to use the yowling creators to get a rhythm and start to set time for not only work but for myself.This gives me time to reflect and think about my day and things I must do. I have learned to recognize my obligations and get help when needed has helped me get thought.

  18. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    During this fall semester I have learned to deal with my own personal “resistance.” Resistance keeps you in a safe zone. Most writers deal differently during their writing process. According to Rosanne Banes a writing teacher and creative coach author. She says: “We can and should overcome our resistance, but we need to exercise care when we do.” These are the steps to overcome resistance and continue with your rhythm flowing and moving forward .
    1)”Recognize the resistance”
    2)”Relax into resistance”
    3)”Respect the wisdom of the resistance”
    4)”Redirect the energy of the resistance”
    I enjoy dealing with my own personal resistance every day. This has help me to grow as a better writer.

  19. Sandra Funes says:

    We all move to a different rhythm, but what it count is to keep moving. there will be days when we don’t feel like writing, but if we go to our space for at least fifteen minutes we will be able to produce something. Keep showing up.

  20. Yesica Caciano says:

    I have learned so much in creating a rhythm to journal. Journaling has helped me to feel like I’m having an intimate conversation with myself. Learning to put time aside to listen to your inside voice and thoughts has been helpful to release stress. I have accomplished to let go and let the pen take control without being nervous about it or feeling judge.

  21. Carmen Gutierrez says:

    Rhythm,list of images, or ideas are techniques that help to create inspiration. When I think of melody and harmonious sounds are good but putting them in practice is difficult. I need to work on that.

  22. Melvin J Banegas says:

    Separating time to create is very hard, but everything good in life is hard. This will demand sacrifice, discipline and commitment. Nevertheless once the routine is set, it will be fun to create and inspiration will float like a river bringing fresh waters to our lives and the others.

  23. Maria Elena Lopez says:

    Writing 109
    I try to keep my yowling creator rhythm, through prayer! Truly God is the one that gives me the strength to write poems, to write small private stories and to appreciate and continue my private creations.

  24. Celia Brewer says:

    I have kept my rhythm going, my patience, through meditation and reflections. I always try to remember the reason why do I do, what I do in my life. Wha are my goals, what is it that I am trying to achieve in my project, and or creation. I generaly like to take every step at a time and not try to overwhelm my self, but to focus what needs to get done. Then how I can complete it, in the best of my ability.

  25. Yesica Caciano says:

    I have found that creating doesn’t have to be pretty. Polishing come in place to make pretty. Embracing my IQ and thoughts has helped me keep my rhythm.

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