Rhythms of a bipolar writer

I’ve noticed something about my approach to blogging, and writing in general. I don’t think I’m ever going to be a consistent, post daily or even 2-3 times a week blogger. The problem is that when I’m in a manic phase, like I am now, I’ll post daily or even multiple times a day. But then when I slide back over into depression, I won’t post anything for weeks.

For novelists, this kind of workflow isn’t really a big deal so long as the depressive phases don’t last so long that you lose the story. But blogging is an interactive medium and intended to be a steady flow of words. I know this is what prevents me from becoming a successful blogger, but I’m not sure how to make myself keep writing even when nothing seems interesting enough to write about (or, as is more common when I’m depressed, I can’t believe anyone would care what I have to say in the first place).

So this is more of a question to my readers than an article in its own right. Let me know in the comments how you stay motivated to write even when you aren’t motivated to do much of anything.

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