If I’ve learned one thing about being a creative person, it’s that sometimes you’re feeling it…
And sometimes you’re not.
I’ve certainly had my ups and downs for these past four years. (Which… wow. FOUR YEARS since Damsel Distressed debuted. So weird.)
There have been periods of great creative productivity and inspiration. Like, in the past calendar year, I’ve:
- competed in a flash fiction competition where I had 48 hours to create a story from scratch with only a genre, location, and object for a prompt! AND I DID THAT TWICE! (This contest is technically till in progress! Round 2 results will be announced some time in November!)
- written a new book that I love more than I probably should. It stretched me and changed me, and if it ever finds wings, it will make huge waves when it flies
- I’ve taken steps backwards and forwards in my path toward having another book to put in your hands, but I’ve kept my chin up, and I’ve done my best to stay true to my heart–not always easy in this business
But there have also been periods of aimlessness that made me feel like nothing I’d ever make would be good enough. (Like my sweet, abandoned Semi-Precious Life podcast, my dusty, crusty youtube channel, putting a book I worked on for over three years right into that “unpublishable drawer”–probably for good, and a shake up in a core facet of my publishing team. Ouch.)
The truth is, we can’t predict when we’ll be inspired and when we’ll have to fake it. Creatives are good at that… putting our fingers on the keyboard or the strings or the pencils even when it’s hard.
But those glorious times when you feel magic and light in your bones are ELECTRIC.
And that’s where I find myself now.
I feel inspired and excited about being a writer in a way I haven’t in years. I don’t know exactly what’s coming around the bend, but I know that when it turns that corner, it’s going to have to take a number because I won’t be sitting and waiting.
I want to be making and dreaming and inspiring other people with so much of my heart that my dreams might have to wait on me for a change.
Enjoy this little update, come say hello wherever you find me, and make the time to create something you can be proud of.
‘Cause it turns out that’s all that really matters.