oof...I'm still working on that. I write when I'm inspired to write. If I don't have the time then, I jot down notes to myself and get back to it later.
It's a struggle ... I find deadlines to be incredibly helpful, whether I'm setting them for myself or others are setting them for me. I go to a strange, small, competitive school, and I'm basically permanently swamped with homework. So I guess I've also just learned to become comfortable with writing when I should be doing something else 😂
I feel that on such a level-- my homework pile is endless! But I try to squeeze in writing when I can. It's so hard to balance everything, though
I'm a huge fan of deadlines. And goals. Anything to create motivation where there's naturally none.
Lara, you wrote "Optimist in the Smoke" right? I'm in love with that one.
@Megan Romero I did! Thank you so much !!!
I usually end up doing too much of juts one, so there isn't much of a balance (':
How about you, Tara?
*sorry for late response* Yeah, since I started at Polyphony last summer, I feel I've been neglecting personal writing. I thought I'd ask this question because it's been one of the more distressing aspects of my life (hey, I thought of it like my identity for a couple years. Losing it is hard). Seeing these other responses makes me feel better.
These past couple weeks that I've tried to get some stuff out on paper has been hard, like I'm losing my creativity. I'm out of the swing.
I always thought editing for Polyphony would make me more in-touch with writing . . . It's a yes and no.
@Tara Conkling If you're feeling like you're having trouble getting words out, you're probably having trouble clearing your mind enough to think abstractly. It can be really hard, but the fact that you're concerned about it makes it undeniable that you're going to be able to gay it back if you want to enough. Sometimes I find I just have to discipline myself like crazy into writing again to make it start to come more easily. This might sound bizarre, but I deleted YouTube from my phone for a couple weeks earlier this year and every time I found myself wanting it back, I wrote instead. YouTube is back on my phone now, but I've gotten back into writing enough again that I don't have stop doing other things to want to write.
Sometimes you also just need an idea that inspires you enough - but if you don't feel like you've got any good ideas right now, then just find some good (you may have to search, there's a lot of trash out there) writing prompts/exercises online.
And if you're worried about time (this is coming from the person who can't say no to things, but bear with me), I always say if something matters enough you can make time.
Long response, I know, but hopefully helpful ☺️
@Lara Katz I can't tell you how much your words mean to me.
It's funny - I've also been telling myself, "if it matters enough, you can make the time," for quite a while now. You make me realize I actually need to listen to it. 😁