✍What to write when there's nothing to write about
Inspiration is a tricky thing, isn't it? Sometimes it strikes and you only wish you could write quicker. The thoughts are well-formed in your head and all you need is to convey them to others. The perfect article, post, or tweet is already fully formed. All it takes is to capture it.
This usually happens when you've spent a lot of time thinking about a given topic, researching it, or sharing your thoughts with other people. Writing becomes mechanical then. Just a dance of your finger on the keyboard. Or the waves of your words vibrating against your voice recorder if you're more modern than I am.
But more often, being creative is not that easy. Usually, writing content requires lots of effort. You spend minutes, sometimes hours, crafting a single sentence. This one sentence to move you forward. And when you think that you got it just right, the rest of your idea falls apart. Is it just me or anyone else?
I had several ideas for this newsletter issue, but none of them felt like a good fit. They weren't ripe yet. Something was still missing. But I didn't want to let you down, so I decided to share the fact that I struggle with you.
And this is absolutely normal to write about your struggles when you can't find the right words, feel stuck or nothing comes to your mind. On the one hand, acknowledging it is therapeutical by itself because when you know what the problem is, you can solve it. On the other hand, pouring the words on paper ( or digital screen) is a way to explore, and some ideas might just click.
So here's what to write about when you don't know what to write about:
- What's stopping your right now
- What bad ideas you recently had
- Why did you think they were bad
- What are your hopes are
- What scares you the most
- Who do you wish could help you
- When was the last time you truly felt creative
... and so on.
I used creating content as an example because it's something that I suffer from more than I'd like to admit and I know plenty of other people in the maker's community who experience the same.
But you don't have to go through a creative rut alone.
I'm experimenting with an accountability group. Each of us has some goals around the content creation we would like to progress towards. I believe that the need to report the regular progress (however small) to others and the pressure to do so can help to get to our goals faster.
So if you'd like to join, just hit reply and let me know what you are working on right now. Together we can do more than alone!
There's a party and you're invited
Also, I finished writing a book together with a friend of mine. If you'd like to cheer us or come and ask about the process, you're welcome to join the Release Party on April 9th, 2021.