Thanks for the Energy! by Nevada McPherson

EnergyLet’s welcome back monthly columnist Nevada McPherson as she shares with us “Thanks for the Energy!” Enjoy!


As I get a bit older, one of the things I’m most grateful for are those times when my energy is high and I’m in the creative zone. So many times after a hard day, it’s easy to come home and crash, with plans of getting up later to do some writing, or other right brain activity.

So many times though, evening turns to night and night turns to day again without my making as much progress as I’d planned or no progress at all.

Then the weekend rolls around and I try to fit in several things I’ve been meaning to do, often scattering my energies like leaves caught in an autumn breeze.

In previous posts, I’ve written about the importance of grabbing random moments here and there during a busy day or week in which to jot some notes, a scene, a page, a paragraph; for Heaven’s sake even a line of dialogue is better than nothing!

Staying in touch with one’s creative side while dealing with the busy-ness and stresses of everyday life is vitally important, so these brief moments to connect with the writer-artist inside, no matter what one does for a living, provides a welcome refuge for those who can’t make it to the coffee shop with the laptop for a few hours of uninterrupted work.


That’s why when I do get those moments where I’m blessed with the energy to truly, actively engage in my creative work, to lose myself in it so that all cares melt away and I’m consciously very happy in what I’m doing, I embrace them with my whole heart and with tremendous gratitude. I’ve learned that having time alone isn’t always enough, so energy is key.

Whether or not writing is your full-time work, do you ever have those days where you sit at the keyboard, at home or your favorite coffee shop, waiting?

Or things seem to come in fits and starts?

Even another cup of coffee doesn’t seem to do the trick?

That’s okay!

But those are the times that make one appreciate even more the times where real energy is in play.

Animated, fully-engaged, and in the zone is the best way to spend an afternoon, evening, early morning or late night.

When the energy is there, ignore the clock, go with the flow and sleep later.

When you experience the exhilaration of feeling great while doing what you love best—it’s truly a cause to give thanks!

Until next month, happy writing and happy NaNoWriMo!

May you be blessed with fabulous energy all month!



Nevada McPhersonNevada McPherson McPherson lives with her husband Bill and rescue Chihuahua, Mitzi in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is an associate professor of Humanities at Georgia Military College. Nevada received a BA in English/ Creative Writing and an MFA in Screenwriting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. She has written over a dozen feature-length screenplays, plays, short stories and the graphic novels, Uptowners and Piano Lessons. Queensgate, the sequel to Uptowners, is her third graphic novel. For more information, visit

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