Maintaining a Productive Lifestyle and Finding Your Way Out of a Creative Rut
“I’m no stranger to falling quite deep into a creative rut for the mere fear of beginning again. I know what it’s like to feel like you’ve lost your spark, that you’ll never be able to write the way you used to, but if there’s one thing you should know, it’s that – there’s a reason you’re still trying. We can’t always be at our best, we can’t always perform the way we want to, but as I’ve always said before, it’s the effort that counts. Where I am right now is a definitive step in the right direction, and I’m certainly making the most of it. It’s a common struggle, to just feel like there isn’t enough time to enjoy the process anymore (or even participate in it), but that’s no way to do things. My productivity level has certainly been consistent over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing more, and I’ve certainly been happier as a result. Though, it’s about time my writing doesn’t take a backseat to the rest of my life anymore, for I need that creativity to keep flowing freely.”
The Current Goal Lineup:
- Finish that new poetry collection.
- Finish that new novel/short story (it’s too early to tell how it’ll end up).
- Begin sharing your work again.
I’m certainly tired of the way in which I’ve been handling these goals, so I’m putting them out into the world to make sure I am aware of them, so that I make sure I stay involved, and I see them through all the way to the end. I like to be aware of the changes I’m making as well as track my current project in my writing journal so that I stay on top of the task at hand. I know very well that if I don’t begin to set hard deadlines for myself, that I’ll keep putting it off or keep putting too many things before it all. It’s time to not take the process too seriously, to explore the true nature of these current projects in their entireties, so I can not only gain the fulfillment from watching them grow, but I can also feel the accomplishment for actually finishing them.
The hardest way to implement change is to maintain a routine, but it is also the most effective way to do so. I haven’t truly allowed myself to not care about the outcome of a piece in far too long, and I can’t be proud of the work I haven’t managed to create yet. Speaking on change is simply not enough, for I’ve been waiting for the optimal moment to kickstart this routine so I know I would have enough time to make it a regular occurrence. The rest of my evening will be spent in getting a substantial amount of writing done, as well as my evenings for the rest of the week. For the progress needs to ensue now, so that I can ensure I can keep it going for the rest of the year.
I’ve noticed just how different my life has been without the constant relief of writing something every once in a while, or just having the time to sit down and read so I can talk about a book I like. It’s because I’ve been prioritizing everything else, and whilst that may be necessary from time to time – I still need to make time to prioritize the one thing I love to do more than anything else, and that is to write.
I hope that you all are making the progress you need to, and I hope you’re out there writing something absolutely wonderful.