Writing

Feeling Uninspired

Sometimes I feel uninspired to create.

I’ve been wondering whether I want to write and blog every day in 2019. Even though I enjoy both, it’s hard work.

I want to be excited about the creative process again. I’m not giving up. Right now, I just need a new start.

At first, I felt like I had to create every day. Nowadays, I still feel a bit beholden to my past self.

I’m in a bit of a rut. I know I should make some changes, but that’s easier said than done.

Going forward, I will try not to be so hard on myself. As much as I love creating, I also love doing other things.

I know I’ll regret what I didn’t do more than what I did. I owe it to myself to live my life. Even if that means I don’t blog every day or write as much as before.

In many ways, I’m still trying to figure out my place in this world. As a blogger. As a writer. As a human being.

Blogging

I’m Feeling Uninspired

Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired. I’m telling myself it’s just a phase. That I’m in a slump. But a part of me wonders if there’s more going on then just a weird funk.

I guess when you’ve been blogging for four years and trying to post every day, the novelty of it sort of wears off.

I don’t think I’ve seriously considered quitting at any point, even on bad days. I want this blog to work out more than most things. Maybe more than everything. But that doesn’t make things simpler or easier.

I’m also stubborn. Perhaps even a stubborn fool at times. I don’t want to take days off because I’m tired. Because I don’t feel like blogging.

Great, the electricity just went out, so I’m using the flashlight on my phone. This is not nearly as romantic as writing by candlelight.

I lost my train of thought. Where was I?

Some days I think more than others. Way to go, Herminia. Stating the obvious seems to be my strength and/or weakness. Depends how you look at it.

I have no clue what direction this blog will take or where I’ll end up, but I believe in myself. I like to think I believe in this blog. And I very much believe in all of you.

Perhaps there will come a day where I decide I need a break. Maybe. Maybe not. Time will tell.

It’s so hard for someone like me to accept that I don’t have all the answers.

I’m also still relying on the flashlight on my phone to see what I’m writing, and I miss real lighting more than I’ve ever missed anything.

I guess I’m coming to terms with the fact that things are always in flux. Everything is constantly changing. I am too.

It took a while for these words to be written. I hope it didn’t take too long for you to read them all.

Regardless, I’m still a writer at heart. The struggle, the time, the effort. It’s all worth it. Every sweet and bitter second.

Writing

​How To Find Inspiration

Even though inspiration is everywhere, it’s still easy to feel uninspired.

I’m a firm believer in not waiting around for anything, least of all inspiration.

By no means is this tiny list all encompassing.

Look around you. Like really look around you. A crack in the wall. That person on the bus. The wild animal roaming outside. Stories manifest from this stuff.

Look inward. Study yourself. You know you best. So examine your thoughts and feelings. This doesn’t mean write self insert characters. This means consider yourself as inspiration for a character.

Look towards media. Books in particular. I think a lot of problems in this world can be solved by picking up a book and reading it. But that’s just me.

Look up, down, right, left, in, out, here, there. Look everywhere!

Writing

A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

So you’re prepared for all that November throws at you.

  • What to do if you’re “exhausted”
    1. Sleep
    2. Eat
    3. Relax
    4. Shower
    5. Exercise
  • What to do if you’re “uninspired”
    1. Get by
    2. Get out
    3. Get away
    4. Get going
    5. Get together
  • What to do if you’re “blocked”
    1. Take a walk
    2. Call a friend
    3. Read a book
    4. Listen to music
    5. Explore the neighborhood
  • What to do if you’re “lost”
    1. Pull out your outline
    2. Ask a complete stranger
    3. Get even more lost
    4. Distance yourself for now
    5. Let your characters roam
  • What to do if you’re “busy”
    1. Learn when to say no
    2. Give up what you can
    3. Reduce time with other activities
    4. Force yourself to just start
    5. Do not accept any excuses

There you have it. Five scenarios you may encounter during NaNo and five solutions for each one.

I hope you survive!