Writing everyday is fascinating.
So is looking for things to write about on a daily basis.
But how do you figure out what content to write on your blog? And how can you sustain your writing when doing so everyday can become repetitive?
This is the part when I remind myself of four things every time I try to create content and/ or write for this blog.
Figure out how much you really want to do what you want to do.
As for me, I want to be writing and learning everyday for the rest of my life. I want it that much. I put forth challenges to attain this. I position myself to feel excited every time I do this.
If you really want it, there’s no another way except to do it.
Keep your enthusiasm for what you want to do.
If blogging is your thing (like me), you gotta feel excited every time you think about and start producing content for your blog.
To rephrase from another perspective, if you love basketball, you gotta feel the anticipation of playing yet another game.
You don’t have to feel bad and complain about doing these things everyday. Try to remember your “why.” And try to remember that feeling you get every time you do it.
And it needn’t feel like a task either.
The main thing I learned from reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is that you can’t demand anything out of your own creativity.
Don’t tie yourself to the results. Tie yourself to the process. To the feeling of “play” every time you do what you love.
Now this isn’t the same as work. I’ve learned, time and time again, that work will always be work, nothing more and nothing less.
Work entails responsibilities, accountability–everything that involves someone telling you to do something and expecting results from you.
But with creativity–pure creativity–you can’t expect any great outcomes. You can’t expect it to sustain you and provide for you. As Elizabeth Gilbert puts it:
“There’s no dishonor in having a job. What is dishonorable is scaring away your creativity by demanding that it pay for your entire existence.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Cultivate your creativity everyday.
It doesn’t have to be a long, dragging task. It can only take minutes of your day. And I think there really is no standard way of doing this. Everyone has their own preferred process. You have yours as well.
Mine is a little inconsistent. I do try to write everyday but, because of the different demands of life, I do so during different times of the day.
If I wake up at 5am, I try to start writing then even if it’s just a draft. In the evening, I can always edit and publish. Otherwise, I would write somewhere close to midnight. Or sometimes even after midnight. And I’d still publish.
Just because you’ve read somewhere that waking up early to write is the best way to do it, doesn’t mean it’s the best way for you.
The best time to write for you might be anytime at all.
The best time might be in your bathroom. On your bed. From your phone. After dinner. After lunch. During coffee. It doesn’t matter when, what, or how you write. It only matters why.
Always be grateful for the opportunity to practice your craft.
No matter how you look at it, art and creativity are leisure activities.
And if you get to engage with your art and creativity everyday, it means you still have the luxury of time, albeit only a few minutes.
You need to be grateful for that because gratefulness sustains your art. Your creativity. Yourself.
And then you can create–everyday, if you want to.
How about you, what are some creative activities your into right now? Let me know in the comments.