Progress Makes Perfect: When You’ve Found Your Spark

“As she writes.”

Adding this phrase beneath my name, as I certainly thought of it on a whim, has really changed the way I see my potential. I am finally making use of all of the inspiration around me, and channeling that inspiration into pieces I am undoubtedly proud of writing. I have not felt this kind of fulfillment in quite a while, and I am happy to say that it is indeed refreshing. It feels good to be working towards my goals again, and it feels good to have fun with it again. When I think about where I was not only a few months ago, I can see that so much has changed in the way I approach my writing and all that I want to do and have accomplished thus far. I’ve rid myself of that feeling that “I have to write” and I replaced it with “I want to write” because that feeling is what allows me to wake up excited every day to continue working on a piece. All of which I can’t wait to share with you all.

PROGRESS MAKES PERFECT

This past week has been a wake-up call for my creativity, as I realized I was focusing too much of my attention on the wrong details. Nothing is going to change unless I decide that I want to start working harder, unless I decide that I want to put in the time to make something happen. This past week I gave myself the time to do what I love, and that is to write something that puts me out of my mind for a while, and allows me to explore what it is my creativity has to offer. I want to engage with others, talk about writing, share ideas and do more to make sure that my projects reach the finish line. It has honestly been a long time since I’ve felt this good about the content in which I am creating. For I am not doing it because I feel like I have to. I’m doing it because it makes me happy. 

I’ve been pretty good lately about sticking to my schedule. I’ve been crossing off to-dos left and right, and leaving room to get the important writing done – and that is exactly how it should be. I am reading more, so that I can stay inspired (and so I can have a book or two to review once in a while). I’m exploring the things that make me happy, and all that leaves me excited to continue writing. That is what’s important. It’s not about what anyone else has to say about your work, it’s about what you believe its value to be, and that is what will allow you to feel the fulfillment you so desire. I no longer begin a project thinking about how it will come off to those around me. I sit down, and I write. Regardless of what that may be, I write anyway. I have been putting too many limits on myself for too long, and now that I know that, I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone. 

OVERCOMING A RUT IN YOUR WRITING

I know what it feels like to be stuck. I know what it feels like to believe that this one constraint you’ve set for yourself is all that you’re capable of. – That is simply not true. I’ve been changing things up in my current project, I’ve been allowing myself to step out of these constraints of perfectionism I happen to apply to each piece I’m writing. Do you know what happens when you stick within these constraints for too long? All of your work becomes the same. I’ve noticed that with every new idea I have had, for it all started out as a promising new run, but it slowly conformed to something I am used to doing – and thus becoming exactly what I’ve already seen before. That is a change I’ve made. Do you ever find yourself using the same character names for different projects a little too often, or the same character descriptions? I’ve been doing that a little too much that I’ve forgotten what it felt like to do something different. Though, that has all changed now. I am really opening the doors to different possibilities with my upcoming pieces, and I do look forward to sharing them with all of you.

How do you overcome a rut in your writing? Comment below.

Happy Writing!

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