I haven't been writing lately.
I blame the internet.
When I sit down to write I almost always end up on a rabbit trail where I discover a blog post or article on the exact topic I was planning to write about, presented in such a creative way and written so well that I automatically think "I could never do that!"
So I don't write.
And when I do write, I find myself caught in the list of dos and don'ts. If you've blogging for any length of time, I'm sure you know what I mean: Formula writing. Post this often. On these topics. Don't talk about this. Learn to take pictures like this.
Sometimes I feel like the internet destroys my creativity.
So I've taken a step back and made my world smaller. I've deleted some blogs from my Feedly account and become much more selective about who I do add to my reader. And Twitter. And Facebook ...
I've started writing more in my paper journal, where I can scribble and scratch out and draw loops and arrows and squiggles to my heart's content.
And it's been refreshing.
I don't spend an hour on the computer getting frustrated. I write what I want to write until it's the way I want it, then I close my book and that's it. No thoughts about comments or readership or who I might offend.
It's been nice to get back to the basics.