I was checking out the internet for ideas for today’s post and I saw sites that made me want to scrub my eyeballs afterwards, numerous cats with improbable musical ability, a huge amount of Atheist/Theist debating and an article that had me saying “Finally science is investigating the things that matter!” but still no joy, nothing inspired me.
So here I am writing a post about how hard it can be hard to come up with posts.
I googled this type of writer’s block and most of the advice seems to centre around people who write their own blog as opposed to me who occasionally authors a piece about Good Friday or TV vs Gaming. That lead me to the conclusion that the “you’re putting yourself under too much pressure” or “you have exhausted your subject matter” style advice does not apply to me. I am a by the seat of my pants blog writer, I don’t usually have a post ready in advance unless I’ve already sent one off to Smoph and a more topical post is submitted in the mean time and I don’t think much about it from day to day. I’m content to play a role as occasional space filler between movie title game posts (FTW) and interesting debates involving bacon or space.
For me I think the difficulty is the idea that I’ll bore you that you’ll look at the title and think “Oh great another boring self reflection piece from Bec” or something similar, so I dismiss most of my ideas before they make it to the draft stage let alone actually form a post. The upshot of this is that in an effort to not be boring I end up producing nothing which is a hell of a lot more likely to be boring than almost anything I might choose to write about.
The longer I think about it the harder it gets and eventually I end up pulling an incident from my life and build something around it, I do a bit of reading on the subject and try to get most of the letters in the right order before I send it off. It works but it can sometimes feel forced and I know that it is not my best work.
I’m not fishing for compliments or constructive criticism of my blog writing skills, I’m happy enough with my output often enough to not be in need of any extra validation. That is not today’s point. In fact I’m not sure I have a point but it would be interesting to hear from everyone else about their experiences with writing, not just blogs. To hear about what happens and what you do when it gets difficult to produce something.
Can you only write when the muse stirs you or can pump out a couple hundred words on demand?