Since we are individuals, we have our own comfort zone or the thing that we are think we are good at as writers. Some writers are just more interested in crafting poems and spend most of their time honing that craft. Some are more interested in working with factual stuff and so they take up journalism or technical writing. And some are interested in crafting fictional worlds and stories. This is where we get our short stories and wonderful works like Lord of the Rings, War of the Worlds, etc.
For me, well, it took me a while before I settle down on where I want to take my writing. These past few months, I’ve read dozens of articles and essays written by other people which made me realise the only kind of writing I’m comfortable with is sharing my own life story and using it to help me navigate through my feelings and thinking. All the disappointments, the sadness, the angsts, the joys and lastly, the thoughts that I have about certain things.
The other kind of writing that got me going was writing fiction. I love crafting stories, especially science fiction ones. And now I’m attempting to craft horror stories. But I’m well aware that I’m not a published author yet. Even then, it doesn’t stop me from writing and putting them up. Whether it get one view or ten views, it doesn’t matter.
So now you know why my blog doesn’t have a set theme or topic. The kind of posts I put up are seemingly everywhere. All because those were the things I was thinking about or have tried and wanted to share something about it. And when it’s time for short story or novels, I put those up here too. It’s why the url is wordsfromturbulenthill.com.
And what’s your kind of writing? Are you a poet whose words can moves the earth and make the sky cry? Or are you technical writer who can move people in the management of a company to take action? Or are you a script/fiction writer who can tell a great story that inspires people or get them to live a different life in their mind?
Every writer at some point don’t feel like writing. It could be exhaustion. It could be that he or she has no idea what to write about. The creative well has ran dry. Or in some case, just not feeling well and want to rest.
For me, I really didn’t know what I want to write about today. And the flu has caught me. Sleepiness and lethargy is all I feel.
But it’s important not to stop writing because the alternative of finding excuse to stop writing is just the worse thing you can do.
So what do you do?
Well, you can write about not feeling like writing. That way you are writing about something. And it’s definitely better than not writing. Precisely because of that, this piece of writing is here.
And of course, different people has different process. Some could pick up writing and letting it stop for a while without issue. Some will find themselves struggling going from 0 to 100 in a second and the constant act of writing is what kept them going. Just like a shark. If it stop swimming it will asphyxiate.
So you have to be honest with yourself. Which camp do you fall into. If you are like me falling in the second camp, then you better don’t stop. Keep writing. Find something to write about. For example, it could be even about the new pen you just got from the stationary store. You’d be surprise at how much words you can churn out talking about a pen.
Now that I put that idea out, it’s probably important for me to take my own advice. Rather than me writing about not feeling like writing only to make me wonder why I’m even writing about that.
What if you have only five minutes left to live? After that you disintegrate into nothingness, leaving nothing for your love ones to even touch or bury. What would you do to maximise those five minutes?
What if you are given a choice. A choice to choose between receiving a million dollar a year but you have live like a slave, obeying every order and command given to you or live free but on ten dollars a day. What would you choose?
What if one day you can only remember what happen within a day and your memories get reset the next day? What would you do?
And what if you wake up one day to find yourself in a completely different gendered body and you can’t die because you are now immortal? How would you feel and live?
You see, there are just so many possible events that will happen in life, some of them implausible and some of them possible. Yet, the highly neurotic ones will always think about all. I for one am aware that I’m highly neurotic and constantly worry about things. I will try and be ready for those situations. But it is not the way to live your life. Yet the power of nurture and nature will require one to have a lot of will power to overpower. And it takes time.
Even then, it doesn’t change the fact that you should give yourself a pat on the back if you are slightly less neurotic than you are yesterday. One step at a time. Towards a better you.