I've had about a year or so on the new meds---and I really am significantly less depressed. Yeah me! The trade off is that it makes it a little harder to stay focused--hence the problem with my creativity nosedive. But as much as it hurts to find my writing limited, I am very happy to feel less unhappy all the time.
I'm so glad to hear you're feeling happy, Bunny! I can hear it in your voice. A lilt. I agree: joy is the thing. With time, creativity will follow in some form -- possibly a new sort of creativity that pours naturally from your new perspective. Take it slow and feel well. That's the important thing. You're such a joy-spreader, you have a right to experience that joy yourself. I think it must follow that you'll find a way to share it. I'm sending you a big hug. x
I think once you find out what you love to talk about--whether that is truth, writing historically or just 'A Writer on Writing', you'll attract readers as you are well-written, well-researched and always up for a good conversation.
Thanks! I think you're right: it must be something that inspires me personally. I feel that I'm just out of reach of it. I can't quite figure out what it is, and I keep falling back on the idea of reviewing historical fiction.
I had a book review site for a while and loved it, but it became a distraction -- I put more time into it than I did my own writing. Because I found it extremely fun! But I had to reassess. If I started a new site like that, I'd want to slow WAY down on it. Maybe one review a month. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it would build an archive of some kind. That paired with Pinterest might be the answer? Possibly I could try to include a brief interview with the author!
I've also read that writing for online sites (like online papers) helps. (I have no idea if they'd have me.) Doing that and allowing my byline to point back to a static website might be the thing?
A couple years ago, I got the bright idea to write biographies / essays on composers and artists as I explored them. That idea didn't last long, but people responded well to it, to my surprise. I wondered why anyone would read my articles when I was only rehashing information readily available elsewhere. However, when I featured an artist, I also included a personal analysis of a few of the artist's pieces, references for further information on the topic, and a series of their quotations and novels inspired by their life, if some existed. Possibly it could be as simple as a site on history or historical figures: something compiled by me. An anthology of sorts. People could sign up simply to see who or what I feature next?
Truth in fiction: you mean, like essays analyzing the way historical novelists cover real history? Or possibly just interesting bits I unearth in history? Or things I discover history has failed to remember at high volume? I love those ideas. I'm also liking the idea of "A Writer on Writing." Possibly a series of essays about the experience itself? I'd love to find a way to pair that with history somehow. Essays would seem more original a contribution than book reviews (but possibly not as fun, for I've already lined up three books to review, ha ha. I'd love the reviewing for getting me to read more in the genre!)
Or a combination of all this might be the answer. But I wouldn't want it to occupy a great deal of time. I'd want it to contribute to my goals, not overtake them. The truth is, ALL of the ideas above make me excited! As does my entire 1,300+ reading list of excellent BOOKS. My biggest obstacle is finding a way to preserve time for my actual fiction writing. I tend to dive head-first into new ideas and swim there fully immersed for ages before it occurs to me I'm not writing the good stuff.
Thanks for the advice, Bunny! I love you too. <3 xo