Inspiration And The Holidays
For me, there is no harder time to get inspired than the holidays. As the days grow shorter, and the gatherings become more frequent, it becomes increasingly difficult to focus on personal endeavors, creative or otherwise.
I suppose it’s not a terrible thing. In place of those selfish creative thoughts are the thoughts of friends and family and the desire to touch base with them. Suddenly, priorities shift from ‘gotta have a meeting’ to ‘gotta go to this party’ in a way that doesn’t make you feel totally lazy.
My personal theory is the creative drain comes from the increased pressure of shopping during the holidays. For the past week, I’ve been frantically trying to get all my presents purchased (take that, procrastination!) to free up the rest of my December for more fruitful activities. Except, by the time I wrestle through the crowds and drop chunks of my hard earned cash around town, I don’t have the energy to do anything more fruitful. It’s as if the implicit cost of holiday shopping is one not of the wallet, but of the soul.
That’s not to say I’m not trying to do things. Mike just finished the latest and greatest draft of the script, I’ve been doing endless amounts of research – yes, that’s what I call it when I spend the day watching Netflix, thank you very much – and generally doing what I can to keep the movie moving forward if only incrementally.
But hey, any progress is good progress, right? Right!
And if nothing else, it’s only another week until Christmas, what’s a little more time off? Maybe for Santa will bring me a bit of inspiration this year to make 2012 even better than 2011.