I generally plan to post these creative roundups on the last Monday of each month.
You might’ve noticed that this isn’t the last Monday of the month. Or that I didn't actually do a post like this at the end of December.
I’ll be honest: I was busy in December, and blogging wasn’t my highest priority in January. The political situation in the States is still taking up most of my attention, and everything that’s left has been devoted to finishing the novel draft that I started in November and starting the two photo projects I’ve decided to tackle this year.
Ok, so: July and August were kind of terrible, creatively. I’ve acknowledged that and moved past it. It happens occasionally - both due to my own issues, and things beyond my control - and I just have to deal with it.
I went into September with modest goals: I wanted to get back on track, and dig myself out of the rut that I’d been in all summer. I wanted to see if I could find ways to motivate myself, rather than relying on inspiration to just happen. I wanted to work on clearing my weekly photo backlog, and see if I could make some progress on the NaNoWriMo outline, but I didn’t set any specific targets - any movement would be good, as long as it was forward.
So how’d I do?
I've realized that I have to stop relying so much on routines. Right now, I just can’t sustain them, and trying to is holding me back.
It's not exactly a secret that I've been struggling with motivation lately.