The title says it all. However, in the context of this post I’m referring to writing.
This is a post reminder to myself more than anything. Years ago, I would get frustrated due to ‘lack of inspiration’ or ‘writer’s block’, which I’ve now discovered were situations where I simply couldn’t get out of my own way. Now, inspiration flows unrestrained, stories are on the edge of my lips, and the desire burns more than ever before.
The problem with it all now? I’ve put way too much pressure on myself. I have to write and release content once a month for Patreon, I have to submit a flash fiction post to Medium once a month, or ‘I haven’t written anything of substance for days now’.
Patreon is a must. People pay to read my content, so ultimately that wins out. As for Medium, I’ve learned to write if something comes up or I have a moment outside of normal writing to do so.
Writing on the reg? Well that’s where I get frustrated most. I have so many tasks and things that fill my days lately, I barely have more than an hour or two every few days to write. So I get flustered and push harder to write, instead of just letting go. My writing hours have consisted of editing novels and occasionally writing a poem. That’s all the time I’ve had.
What am I saying? It’s time to prioritize. Perhaps this will be a reminder to more than just me. Learn to let go, to not put undue pressure where it just isn’t worth it.
Patreon matters, even if I have but a few readers. They pay, I post.
I’ll write a poem as it comes to me, no pressure. I continue to edit novels as a new priority, knowing I can’t publish if I don’t have a completed manuscript. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter. It’s not worth the headache and stress.
I go a million miles an hour per day. Time to slow down, let go, and release the pressure on myself.
That’s my thoughts today.