...a post about nothing.
For the past few weeks (months?) now I’ve been noticing my creativity waning. I find it less and less compelling to pick up a camera or even to write about anything on Substack. I had a list of posts that I had prepared to start writing about with a few prompts, but within the span of 5 minutes, I deleted all of them.
Why? They just weren’t interesting enough. Not to me at least.
So now what? Take a break? I feel like I do enough of that with the frequency of my posts. Or rather, infrequency of my posts. I think my mind has not been on task lately, and perhaps it’s a bit of burnout. I don’t make any money off of this so it’s really no financial impact to me like it would for someone who makes living from it, but I do feel as if I need to do something.
I think the last little spurt of creative spirit came when I was on a recent trip to Washington DC with my family. Taking the time to take a few photo’s helped. Yes there were the usual touristy photo’s, but the ones that I felt made the most impact to me were the ones that had no touristy elements to them.
But I would hate to think that in order for me to be creative, I have to travel somewhere and be inspired by something new. If that were the case, I’d probably go broke. And I really don’t want to have to rely on that to get me going. There are times when I do get a spur of the moment thought, but it’s usually at the most inopportune time. I’ll usually take a moment to jot down an idea with the notion of coming back to it later, but a lot of times it amounts to nothing.
I feel a little stuck these days, but not for a lack of trying. I think if anything, I need to just stop myself from trying to force it.
As I write this, I’ve not only deleted some pre-made posts, but I also deleted my original post that was nearly complete, but never felt like my heart was in it. And so on the spur of the moment, I wrote this one instead. I’ll take some time to work my way around things and jot my ideas down as I come up with them. Always looking for inspiration or hoping ti will find me.
Until next time, happy shooting, writing, reading, or whatever you do to keep yourself going. Just don’t force it, let it come to you.