“A true writer does not make excuses for not taking the time to write.”
Whether it be professional, recreational or therapeutic, being a writer can be the most exhilarating craft of all. You get to expound your thoughts, ideas, dreams or fantasy onto paper for all the world to see. You’re essentially the master of your realm; your creativity knows no bounds. The inner voice inside of you takes over and the words you use to display your soul shines through. It’s the best thing ever.
However, the one dreaded thing about writing is when you hit a dry spell. At some point we run out of ideas or struggle to think of something to talk about. It can be one of the most frustrating things to experience. You’d think that as a writer, you’d have a plethora of golden nuggets to pick and choose from. Sadly, that’s not the case.
We wrack our brains trying to come up with something fresh, something new, the next exciting thing that only you could have dreamt up. Alas that’s not the case. We sit and stare at a blank screen; typing a word or sentence that is soon deleted a couple of seconds later. It either sounded too ridiculous or something that was not quite our true thoughts.
We look high and low for new inspirations or turn to a friend or family member to be our muse. Sometimes we hit gold and other times we crap out. But the greatest thing about getting writer’s block is that, we as writers will continue to search for that next thing that excites us into crafting our thoughts into the words of our soul.
Writers are an eccentric and eclectic bunch that have a “Never give up” mentality. That’s why we continue to do what we do. It’s a love that can never be extinguished. So the next time you have writer’s block, just remember that there are others out there staring a blank screen just like you. We are writers, united in thought…united in passion.
I’m always in awe every time I peruse the other blog sites; their writings are eloquent, articulate, beautiful, concise, humorous, lyrical and picturesque. Even after all these years of writing, I sometimes feel like I’m not in their league.
Because of that, I tend to have a qualm with my writing style; doubts creep in. Am I too wordy? Is my writing clear enough to get the message across? Am I too boring? Not funny enough? What are the other readers thinking?
Every time I sit at my computer to write, I always wonder if the words that I choose truly evoke what I’m feeling deep inside. Because of that, my writing process is hampered.
Often times I get stuck trying to figure out how to convey my thoughts into words. Do I use simple words? Are there more elegant ones that would make it sound more thought provoking? If I use those words will I sound too flowery? Or will it make me sound like an idiot for not using it the correct way?
The plethora of words wage war and usually the victor emerges after a few minutes. But even then, I still question as to how I’ll form sentences with it.
Writing shouldn’t be this difficult right? It should be free flowing without any debilitating thoughts. Or at least that’s how I envision it. Why do I always go through this?!
I do admit that I’m getting better at not having these hang-ups but the thoughts are there in my somnolent memory waiting to bust out unexpectedly.
But I’ve concluded that this is what I love to do. So I just plow ahead, write it down and not fret! The way I write is who I am and I should accept it. Other writers don’t care. We all do this because this is our passion. We only care if we are inspired, entertained or informed about one another’s writings.
So in the end, it’s all good.
I know I’ve broached the subject on what to blog or not blog before, but I just can’t seem to let it go. So please forgive me if I sound like a broken record.
Being a writer, I’ve always made it a point to write often and consistently; it’s the only way that we as writers get better at our craft. When I’m writing a screenplay, I just seem to have an endless supply of ideas…a flash flood of thoughts just inundate my brain and there is no barrier to quell it. But that’s a good problem to have in that instance.
In the case of my blog site though, I tend to hit a road block week after week. You’d think that after two years of having this site I’d be a pro by now, but that isn’t the case. I’m one of the unfortunate ones that just doesn’t have a niche.
I hate to say this but I’m quite envious (more like jealous) of the blog sites that I follow. They all seem to have found their “voice” and are excelling at making their site exceptionally well thought out. Their writing is intriguing and holds me emotionally; I actually become invested into what they have to say.
Day after day, week after week, their vast array of topics are fresh, interesting and sometimes unconventional; it’s like they have an unlimited amount of ideas to choose from at their disposal. Sigh…I wish that I could be like them…they’re my idols.
For me to come up with a topic on my blog site is somewhat excruciating. I never really know what I’m going to write until the day before, and even then it’s not the best of topics sometimes.
You might say, “Then why do you have to write something every week? Why don’t you write once a month? Or why don’t you write when you have something relevant to say?”
I can answer all those questions in one simple answer – I’m a writer…plain and simple. I have to write on a consistent basis to get better at my craft. I’m not the most eloquent, artistic, humorous or intelligent of writers but I love what I do nonetheless.
This sense of freedom; getting into a Zen-like state where you pen “heart” to paper and let it loose upon the internet masses. This is what I enjoy the most.
So I guess I’ll never crack this dilemma of the conception for new weekly blog ideas. Maybe that’s good thing, who knows. All I know is that I’m still here sitting at my desk…writing…because “I am a writer.”
I’m not too sure if other bloggers encounter this dilemma but I go through this week after week. Granted some bloggers write every two weeks, once a month or every couple of months while other write on a daily basis. For me, I try to blog about something at least once a week; guess it’s the writer in me that needs to do this on a consistent basis. I’m sure that all of us go through this, just trying to figure out what to blog or what not to blog about.
Some people specifically have an area of expertise or subject matter that can yield tons and tons of topics to cover, I unfortunately am not the case. After a year of blogging, you’d think I’d have a host of things to talk about but that’s not the case.
I think for me the main struggle is in figuring out what to say or what not say. A couple of instances, I got an idea and soon realized that I blogged about it in a previous post. Other times when the well ran dry and I ended up grasping for straws on a topic; it felt like I put in half the effort on something that should’ve required 110%. I never realized the dilemma I’m in week after week; it’s harder that working on a screenplay.
Okay, it’s not the worst place to be in but I always like to try and blog about something that’s interesting. I’ve perused other sites and I’ve noticed that they’ve constantly posted stuff that’s cool and mind-blowing. How do they do that?! Do they even have that problem of deciding what to write about?! Now if I could only do the same, guess not all of us are gifted in that aspect.
If I could only get into their mindset when they’re preparing to blog then maybe I could get a perspective on how I could go about doing my blog. Life would be much simpler. BUT, that’s not the case for me. Nothing ever comes easy and I accept that.
Maybe what to blog or what not to blog is not the question I should be asking myself, instead it should be “Do I enjoy blogging?” or “Is it worth my time?” As you can see from this post, it’s an emphatic – YES!
There are a ton of challenges that come with being a screenwriter; the list is long and varied from person to person.
I’ll wager that for all of us the common denominator is just writing a screenplay; it can be painstakingly difficult and time consuming. Another most common, albeit monumental feat, is coming up with a high concept, fresh and original story idea.
Granted I encounter these every time sit at my computer ready to weave a tale, but for some reason my one arduous and stressful task is creating the names for the characters in my story. Can you believe that?! Coming up with a name is what I most dread about the screenwriting process. Go figure.
I can sit for hours in front of my computer switching out names for the characters in my story as I write. Having a cool name that embodies the character and all his/her flaws and strengths is a problem that I come up against all the time. You’d think it would be easy…WRONG! IT’S FREAKING HARD!!!
For me, it’s like doing higher levels of mathematics like combinatorics, hyperbolic geometry or algebraic topology…sheesh just saying that sends a cringe down my spine.
Why can’t I come up with names for the people in my story?! It’s sad that I have this same problem over and over and over again. You’d think that I’d be good at crafting names by now but alas it’s a work in progress. And don’t get me started on screenplay “titles”…that’s a-whole-nother can of stress induced worms.
There were maybe one or two times, in all my years writing, that I can actually say that I came up with a perfect name for a couple of the characters in my screenplay. I was truly tempted to try and use them again in other stories but decided against it.
I’m just going to accept the fact that it’s another process that I must endure in my never ending journey of becoming an established screenwriter. Hmmm…maybe in the meantime, I’ll ponder the thought of becoming an expert in creating “great” screenplay names/titles and offer up my services for those in the same predicament as I. Now the only problem is, “What name should I call my service?”