Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be doing here on this blog, called Making it Work. I’ll be speaking with writers and other creative types and asking them to share how their creative process works in the middle of all of life’s struggles. I’m specifically hoping to highlight the ways people with mental and physical health issues handle their creative work.
It seems so much of the advice out there is written by and about able-bodied people. Writing challenges of thousands of words and advice like “you have to write every day or you’re not a writer” can be extremely discouraging for someone for whom those things are simply not possible. I’ve written about this before in my post “Everything’s Hard When You Hate Yourself: Productivity While Depressed.” Since I wrote that in 2015, the number of people who have been encouraged by that piece and shared their own struggles with me have really made me see how very not alone I am in feeling like sometimes, doing life *and* writing is an uphill battle.
Especially right now, as we’re in the middle of a political upheaval that has so many of us feeling scared and drained, I’m hoping to validate those exhausted feelings and show that you and I are not alone. And we can do great things, too, with some support and advice from others who have been there.
I’ll be reaching out to people in the next few weeks, but I’d also love to hear from anyone who is inspired by this idea and wants to share their own story. If you’d like to write a guest post for my Making it Work series, please let me know. You can send me an email or fill out my contact form.
I hope to hear from you!