Well friends, it’s been a wild few weeks, huh? It feels like everything’s been happening all at once and it’s pretty insane.
I know that a lot of the creative community (myself included) have been struggling with inspiration in the last while. With the stress of this worldwide pandemic, my creativity seems to be sapping away. Writing is harder than normal, and it’s so much easier to feel like it’s a chore.
I’m currently editing my seventh draft–10 chapters in, out of 40+, to be exact. I hoped to get this editing done within the first two weeks of March, but that…hasn’t happened. Not even close.
Part of me wants to heap on the guilt. I’m being lazy. I’m not working as hard as I should. I’m bringing this on myself—if I just tried, I’d be finished already.
If that’s you right now too: stop. Take a breath. When the world is chaos, go easy on your creativity. There’s no need to add your own inner turmoil to what’s already a whirlwind around us.
Going slow is okay. Changing plans is okay.
I missed my self-set deadline, but that’s okay. Sure, every delay means that it’ll be longer before I’m published, but that’s not the real goal. If I get published in the wake of abusing my creativity and neglecting my family and ministry, that’s not really a win at all.
Don’t lose sight of the true goal. Love your writing, your art, your music, don’t force it ’till you hate it. There’s a time for discipline and just ‘knuckling down and doing it‘ but there’s also a time to breathe and trust and be gentle with yourself.
If you’re struggling at the moment, go easy on yourself. Don’t feel guilty when you miss your deadline, don’t beat yourself over being so much slower than you wanted to be (join the club, haha 😅). It all will come out right.
Also, don’t be scared to message friends and ask for prayer or encouragement! It’s so easy to be dragged down, but so beautiful to have community to lift each other up again. My inbox/direct messages are open and I’d love to be praying for and supporting you however I can. 💛
How are you faring at the moment? Are you being deliberate to look after your creativity?