I very briefly mentioned a few weeks back that I’m feeling the need for Changing Things Up. I get this way when I’m feeling a bit twitchy near the end of a Big Project, but I also get this way when I’m feeling a bit…well, bored, creatively. When I feel that certain writing habits have worn thin. Perhaps I’ve used them to the point where they no longer work for me.
When this happens, I’ll take stock and clean house. What do I no longer need to do anymore? What can I do without? What can I put to the side and let go? Why am I working on these projects/exercises/daily words that aren’t being used anywhere? And if these words are online, is anyone actually reading them?
My Tumblr feed has pretty much become an aggregator for my WordPress posts, as I haven’t posted any photography there for some time. Do I want to pick that back up? Or is Tumblr really where I want to post such things? I still visit the site, as I follow a lot of artists there, but I don’t post nearly as much as I have. That may change, but for now it’s on the backburner. My Live Journal is pretty much in the same status. I only post there on the weekends, and I still follow a few writers and friends who are still there.
I’m even contemplating putting aside the 75o Words — not getting rid of the daily word practice, mind you, just taking it offline. I’ve proven to myself that I can work to assignment and deadline, and with my personal journaling I’ve proven that I can make it a daily habit. Taking the exercises offline will give me much more versatility, as I’ll be able to work on different things within one notebook: poetry, artwork, and daily words. And I can hit them at any time and not have to log in.
[Speaking of artwork: this Saturday is the beginning of Inktober, and yes, I will be taking part! I may even post them here for your enjoyment!]
On the one hand, it’s kind of a bummer when something you love doing so much comes to an end, but on the other, it’s healthier to move on when it’s clear that something’s not working as well as it used to. And in the process, sometimes I even learn something new!