Howdy howdy! As I’ve rambled about before, I’ve been having a bit of a tough time getting back into a writing and reading rhythm this year, but things seem to be looking up (finally). I’m reading with zeal again (thanks to a random desire to finally read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series). I’m also revising my screenplay, which has both smooth patches and a couple of big issues that are giving me problems, but it counts as work! I’m still wary about getting back into my novels without feedback, but I’ll get there soon. For now, I’m still learning, changing, transforming. As is my rhythm.
Last year, I had a nice rhythm that let me get a lot done, but I neglected certain areas of my life in order to get so much done. It eventually drained me. Combine that with the whole lack of feedback feeding my “I suck, what was I thinking?” mindset, and it’s a recipe for depression. I’m hoping to avoid that by adding a few things to my schedule. Of course that will require adjusting other areas, so it’s all just trial and error right now.
First and foremost, I plan on taking reading more seriously this year. I haven’t read much since leaving Stonecoast, because I got wrapped up in the idea that productivity equals new words on the page. Even revision felt like a way to avoid being productive (even though I know it’s an extremely important part of the process). So, I want to devote at least an hour three days a week to reading. It might cut into my writing time on days when writing is hard, but that’s okay. You can’t write well without reading. I’m going to keep that in mind this year. If you see me slacking, feel free to crack the whip.
Secondly, I want to take a few minutes just once a week to write a note or something by hand. I recently bought some postcards to help me stick to this goal. I’m hoping for a twofold result from this practice: a) it’ll be a way to let people know I’m thinking of them even though I’m not very good at keeping in touch, and b) it’ll help keep me writing even when I’m struggling. I’ve heard a lot of people who were having problems writing in their usual method have more success getting over a hurdle if they switch writing methods (go from typing to handwriting then back again). Maybe jotting something down every now and then will help keep things fresh in my head.
Lastly, I want to make time for socializing. Whether I go to a reading with a friend or Skype with some of my Stonecoasters or make time to IM/text someone, I need to keep in touch with people. I like being a recluse, and I’ve been getting worse and worse about it again, but it worries people, so I’m going to make an effort to really interact with someone at least once a week.
So, what does all of this mean? It means that sometimes you have to tweak your rhythm, especially when it’s no longer working. Bear with me, and don’t freak out if I suddenly pester you for no reason. I’m just trying something new. How’s your rhythm? Is it working or could it use a little change?
Until next time!