Creating New Rituals

One of the biggest obstacles I've had trying to get back into writing and being creative was the motivation and the drive to do it. Sure, I knew I should. I knew I wanted to. But I spent a month floundering around, trying to figure out why I couldn't.

If you followed my old blog, you know I posted a few super personal, mostly negative posts, whining about how I just couldn't seem to make it work for me... which is what led to me nuking my old site and starting fresh here. Because I was tired of being toxic. And while I haven't managed to make it a habit to post here yet, I'm doing better about it than I was back in July or August.

But I'm not quite where I want to be. So I've been trying to find a thing that helps me get where I want to be. I mean, I'm looking at transforming myself and my life to be better than it is now.

So I started reading The Morning Miracle for Writers, which is a writer specific version of the original The Morning Miracle. I don't know if it's going to be the life saver I want it to be, but I'm gonna try it and see how it goes.

I've been thinking about how to set up next year's planners too, which is probably what led to the book reading. I'm using this last quarter of the year to test out some planner experiments, see if they jive with my current mindset. If so, then I'll set it up for 2018. And of course, I'll share with y'all as well, as some of you have asked.

The other reason I wanted to try the morning miracle is because NaNoWriMo is coming up in November. For those that don't know, NaNoWriMo is a 30 day challenge to write a 50,000 word story. I used to do it every year, practically since its inception. I skipped it last year for the first time ever because I wasn't writing and I couldn't commit to it. I'm not gonna lie. Of all the things that I skipped doing last year, this one hurt me the most. I missed out on all the camaraderie and the fun times from the write-ins that I've always had that motivated me so much. I want to do it this year, and and I refuse to fail at it, so I'm going to need to be in some kind of routine that incorporates daily writing again.

I figure I can attempt the morning miracle in October, and hopefully I can be in the habit by the time November comes around. I've never been a big morning person, but I feel like a lot of creatives that seem to be doing well for themselves, or they're in better moods, or whatever, seem to be the ones that get up and go in the morning.

So I guess it's worth a shot. The worst case scenario is that it doesn't work and I start sleeping in again. Who knows what will happen? Maybe it's the life transforming thing I want it to be. Won't know until I try.

The hardest part for me is that I work overnights, so I'm not sure exactly when to do the morning miracle routine. I'm up several hours before work now, so it's usually in the afternoon that I'm getting out of bed. I'm hoping to change that soon, got some job interviews this week, so keep your fingers crossed that I can get back into a day schedule soon.

Anyway, so let's talk. How many of you have read this book? Or its predecessors? How many of you have struggled with setting a routine and sticking with it? What worked for you?