The months ahead are going to be filled with unpredictability. With equal parts dread and hope, I’m stepping into a new phase of life in July. Before I do that, however, I want to put myself in a positive frame of mind. That is why I decided to bring this feature back at this juncture.
The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.
– Pema Chodron
Welcome to the first ever Inspiration Circle of 2017! As you might know, January was an average writing month for me but a good reading one. To make sure February is better, here is a little motivation for myself as well as any of you readers who might need it. It’s going to be shorter than the usual ones because I’m typing this in a tearing hurry. (I feel like this is a recurring pattern in January. Hmmm.) Let’s get to the good stuff now.
I’m scheduling this in advance because my exams are starting today. I don’t know as of now the outcome of my NaNoWriMo stint. Contrary to claims made previously (and personally), I’m no Oracle. However, I am of the opinion that no matter how it ended, I will need a creative pick-me-up after the hours of exhausting effort. If you participated in this manic writing marathon too, I’m sure you will quietly nod your head because you’re too tired to manage even a feeble affirmative. Welcome to the remedy for your depleted creative reserves! Here’s your last chance to stock up on some inspiration before the November clock runs out. Now that we all realised that I will make a horrible salesman, let’s cut to the chase.
It’s been a pretty hectic month for me personally. I haven’t kept to my posting schedule strictly (oops!) and my fiction output fell to zero. I’m not particularly proud of admitting that, but it helps in easing the blogger guilt trapped inside just a little. I’m in dire need of inspiration to get off to a good start next month (I have plans! More about it at the end of the post).
There’s a reason self-help books sell like hot cakes – it’s because they’re packed with positivity. The fact remains that every once in a while we need a pick-me-up to meet the challenges of life with renewed fervour. While I’d like to live in that ideal world where I am motivated to write daily all by myself, I realised that’s not going to happen any time soon. The result of that line of thought was The Inspiration Circle, which is aimed at providing that extra boost for writers and general readers of my blog.
Update: I’m trying out a new series of posts that I’d like to turn into a monthly feature.
It’s always hard to come up with post ideas that are fresh, unique and turn out exactly as you pictured it in your head. In all honesty, that is a level of perfection that nobody has ever achieved. Several revisions and editing phases later, a new post looks nothing like the skeletal draft it once was and every truthful author will admit that somewhere in the back of their mind is a nagging voice that whispers it could be better as they hit the ‘Publish’ button. It can be quite a daunting task for a beginner to pay no heed to that voice and make their mark in the ocean of bloggers that the Internet is currently drowning in.
At times, it’s easy to let go and skip a post because of fatigue, other commitments or plain ol’ laziness. I admit that I’ve been guilty of that several times this month, which in turn has left me with quite an average month to look back on in terms of numbers. It’s no secret that blogging consistently and churning out quality content is the only path to success in this field. However, there are days on which it seems utterly insignificant compared to all the other things going on in life. Or maybe you just fell into a writing slump. This is a post tailor-made for those days, to inspire and re-ignite that creative spark.