Knock it off.
Your winter was long enough, and you need to wait your turn!
(Rant over. Setting the soap box off to the side now.)
I was recently asked by a young film maker (and all around awesome person- you know who you are!) how I stay motivated to keep working and writing. He mentioned that being a struggle for him, and it's one I completely understand. Us 'creative folk' are easily inspired but easily distracted, and when those moments happen when inspiration is scare the struggle is real. Our minds want nothing more than to create beautiful things, and when the beauty is lacking around us it is like looking at the world through sepia toned glasses. It becomes way to easy to sit in our uninspired cloud and drift for a while waiting for the motivation to strike once more.
My answer to him, and my answer to you if you find yourself dealing with the same issues in your own creative life, is to stop and take a breath. When writing/film making/painting/composing has become nothing more than a struggle to pound out anything for the sake of saying you've accomplished something today, ask yourselves these questions;
What was it that I loved about this?
What motivated me in the first place to take the leap and try to create something amazing?
What part of this, no matter how small, makes my heart sing like nothing else in this world?
Answer those questions for yourself, and don't be afraid to answer them in a raw, deep, passionately honest manner. In those answers will be your motivation, because you are reconnecting with what first motivated you out of that can-I-really-do-this moment of terror that all artists go through.
For myself, I love the art of storytelling and what it can do to the person being told the story. Knowing that I am taking my readers on a journey into and alongside the characters I have created is a powerful feeling. Making a reader laugh, or cry, or yell in anger because I their favorite character just died, is what motivates me. One of my close friends who was editing Phoenix Morrow for me said that he found he truly cared what happened to those characters. I have never been paid a higher compliment.
Find the joy in your art. Reconnect with it, embrace it, and allow it to inspire you all over again.
Amazing things are bound to happen.
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