How Does One Write About a New Topic Every Single Day?
Blogging Every Day...
How does one write about a new topic every single day?
Doesn't the well dry up? This task feels horribly daunting if you think about it. Can you come up with 365 topics off the top of your head? On a really good day, I can. Now can you fill all those topics up with material that's worth reading? Not me. When I don't organize, my mind tries to do this. I clam up. My mind shuts down, and I can't think of a single topic to write about. I have the same problem writing my books. Too many stories at once, and nothing gets written.
There is No Spoon
When I try to think of it that way, it's impossible. Remember the little kid with the spoon in that one movie? Don't think of it that way. It's easy for our minds to over complicate things. I have a process I go through when I'm getting stuck. I didn't used to do this, I used to get overwhelmed and stop. Now, if the writing doesn't come naturally in the morning, I do something like this process:
- Take one idea that's on your mind. Preferably something that you are feeling strongly. Blogging every day; for example. (Not the fear, the topic.)
- Let everything else go. Make notes if you need to.
- Start to focus on it. Get emotional about it. Really let the feel of it flow though you.
- Write down thoughts. If they are a bit jumbled, that's okay.
- Organize. Once some thoughts are down, put them together in a framework that makes sense.
- Fill out. Include any information that didn't get put down already. I often do this while I'm organizing, but take a second look to be sure.
- Spell check. Always, ALWAYS spell check. Remember to read through as well as use a program.
- Triple check everything. Reread! If something was confused, this is the last chance to catch it.
What is Writing for You?
For me, writing is an expression of creativity. It's my way of communicating with others. Not just ideas, but imagination. A little part of who I am that people don't see otherwise. Maybe that scary little part of my mind no one wants to see, but there all the same.
In the end, once you've written something, it may not be great, it may not make waves in the world. It may not inspire someone to reach for greatness, but you know what it is? It's something you've created. It's one more step forward in your journey. Wherever that leads. If you keep moving forward, eventually you'll get where you want to be.