At some point it hits all of us—writer’s block. Most days I find myself gazing into thin air, intensely. Thinking of the many topics to write about. Love, hate, infatuation? Family, friendship, trust? Topics like these are common, and it would be an understatement to say these topics are boring; because they aren’t. In fact, if you put 50 writers into one large room and asked them all to write about Love, I believe each and every piece would be unique. Isn’t that what you strive your work to be? If it’s not, you accomplish it anyway because your mind is your greatest possession and nobody has a brain like yours.
I am constantly thinking of my next piece. I’ve probably written a dozen books in my mind, but if you ask me to write something on demand you won’t get very far. I’ve accepted that writing takes time and is most certainly a thorough thought process. It’s always a good day when that moment just happens. You know, the moment when you realized you just conceived an AWESOME idea made almost out of nothing. Sort of like an accident! You could be sitting on your couch watching TV, and someone in the background noise mentions the most random mix of words such as, “reverse psychology”, or “intimidation at its finest” and BOOM! You think of an idea. Maybe your mind drifted away for a moment, back to ten years ago when you attempted to reveal a “secret” from your sibling (or whoever, really), so what did you do? You used your magical reverse psychology powers to crack it out of ‘em. Or…maybe you thought about the worst interview you’ve ever had (ahem, intimidation at its finest). So maybe now you’ve found yourself on the path to a new topic to write about.
My point is, a writer’s mind is quick-witted; even when you think it’s not. It may drift into lala land sometimes…and that’s ok. Give it time! You may find some of your best pieces were in the midst of a random moment in your daily life.
Can you tell me about a time you struggled to write something new? What was your moment?
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.Sylvia Plath