Phew! July was perhaps the most difficult month for me, with my writing energy dropping to an all-time low. I do apologise for being erratic with my blogging, but this was a huge change for me and I’m trying (somewhat successfully so far) to not feel guilty about it. I desperately need a boost of inspiration to lift me from my gloom and I’m so glad I had the foresight to make The Inspiration Circle a monthly series.
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about.
– Natalie Goldberg
I had made a habit of writing in the evenings on the day I posted and it has served me well in the past. Now I come home exhausted every day, with all the positivity drained out of me. I’m afraid to write about how I’m feeling because it’s frustrating and gets boring after a while. It also only serves to fuel my negativity. I choose not to write at all instead. But perhaps, maybe occasionally, refusing to acknowledge these and not talking about them will get too stifling to control, so I must pour my feelings onto the paper, just like Natalie Goldberg has advised.
The only progress I made in my writing this month was to realise that my lack of planning is getting me nowhere. I failed Camp NaNoWriMo miserably, with zero words written towards my goal of 5,000. If you’re a regular here, you know that I’ve been feeling this way since May and nothing has been helpful so far. I came across this while trying to find a solution to my problem.
I’ve been recommended Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’ve heard it is full of encouragement for creative people. On a whim, I googled her and came across this video. As I’m a huge fan of TED talks, I knew I just had to include this in my July Inspiration post. It provides a fresh perspective on creativity that sparked off a bunch of thoughts that I’m hoping to discuss in the future. I hope you glean something from it even though you may not agree with her.
This is a habit I’m trying to cultivate. I’m planning to get a journal so I can log the happy moments of the day and I look at the wonderful things I get to see on my commute rather than fret over the horrible traffic. I hope this reminds you to develop that mindset as well.
In other news, July has been an exceedingly good reading month for me, especially the past week. I managed to read 7 books in as many days and I’ve totally finished 69 books this year against my goal of 70. If that’s made you curious, check out this post on my book blog that talks about my best reading week so far. I hope you had a lovely July and have a better time in August! 🙂
[Note: My blog has reached 300 followers and I’m so grateful to all of my new readers for supporting me even as I was going through a dry spell, so to speak.]