Inspiration is a fickle mistress—that’s what I’ve learned during the last two months as I’ve struggle to find any sort of motivation to work on my book. There was a certain point this summer where I was so inspired to write about anything and then once that August lull hit I couldn’t bring myself to do anything other than work and watch movies. I guess that’s how it goes sometimes and I can’t really blame myself for it; it’s about working with your pace and what feels right. However, in the past week or so I’ve been incredibly motivated to focus on my blog a lot more than I have been. This blogging bug usually gets me in September when everything feels like a new beginning and I’m trying to embrace it while it’s still here. There are moments when I feel guilty that I’m not working more on my book or writing more articles to submit to online magazines, but I’m learning that it’s just as important to ride the wave of creativity as it is to try and accomplish everything on your to-do list.
If you haven’t had the chance to browse my blog recently, here’s a list of a few new posts. I hope to continue working on more as the weeks progress and try my best to plan and write some in advance so that I am able to stick to a 2 posts a week schedule. Maybe once I get a bit more settled with my move to England I’ll be able to blog a little bit more in the near future.
Going forward there area few things I want to change when it comes to my writing schedule and a few things I want to strive for with regards to my blog and my fiction writing.
Firstly, I want to stop thinking about my creative writing as a job because it discourages me so much from doing it. In this day and age, with all the bloggers who have made this hobby their career, there is an immense pressure (in my opinion) to strive to be like them and gain as many followers or as many brand deals as possible. I tried to do this for a while and it didn’t make me very happy; I lost some of the inspiration I initially had for the hobby and I stopped posting as much I would have liked to. In the next few months I want to try my best to post at least twice a week on my blog about topics that genuinely interest and excite me without worrying whether or not they are “brand friendly” or if more people will follow along. I just want to create a platform that is fun for me to share on.
Secondly, I want to be more organized with my time and try to factor in enough for my fiction writing as well as blogging and a full-time job. Just writing this is making me nervous because it already sounds like I won’t have enough time to do anything, but I know that I can manage it all if I put in the necessary amount of effort. If I do manage to stay on top of it all I know that I will feel very accomplished by the end of it, rather than if I were to give up in a few week’s time and feel like I haven’t completed any goal I set out to.
Keep an eye out for more posts coming your way every Tuesday and Thursday! I am scheduling a few in advance so I don’t feel incredibly pressured for time once I move and have to settle into a new place.