Hello, friends! Happy Friday to you! I hope that this weekend proves to be refreshing and relaxing.
I come to you, my friends, less prepared than normal. I have 10 drafts of posts that I want to write, but can’t seem to execute them as I’d like to. My perfectionism comes out in full force in my writing. I want to write these blogs as well as I can, but it sometimes puts me at a freeze .
I think of little snippets of stories, poems, or blog posts, but can only seem to get a little bit out. It’s miserable.
Then, the spiral happens — I become convinced that I’ll never write anything good ever again. Not only that, but I tell myself that I’ve never actually written anything good ever.
This feeling, I’m sure can be shared with anyone who has a creative soul. It’s quite troublesome imagining ourselves as fraudulent in the field(s) we feel comfortable and confident in.
And then, there are other days when we have heaps and heaps of ideas, and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to create them all. Those are the most invigorating of days.
I am going to be speaking about writing, but you can, of course, apply it to whatever creative endeavor speaks to you.
I am of the opinion that one must write through the block.
Which isn’t to say that you shouldn’t write about things you aren’t passionate about, not at all. I’ve found that if I continue to write, I will eventually find something I find interesting. Even if that thing is writing about not being able to write.
In all of my creative writing classes, we do exercises that help us open up our mind to writing.
One of them that I find to be most helpful is setting a timer for a couple of minutes and writing whatever comes to mind. Even if it’s utter nonsense. Sometimes, you’re so fixated on an issue in your life, you’re not able to write about anything else until you are able to mull it over in your head and/or on paper.
Another good exercise is to compile a list of some of your favorite words. Oftentimes this will fuel your brain and you’ll be able to write a poem/ story centered around those words.
Another thing that I find to be SUPER helpful is to find inspiration in different forms of media.
I’m heavily inspired through poetry, nature, and short stories.
I think that consuming art of any media will help you create.
We do not exist in a vacuum, our work benefits greatly when connected to our world.
It’s much too easy to become frustrated with ourselves when we’re unable to create as much as we’d like to, but it’s so important to KEEP GOING.
It’s true, you’ll never write anything good ever again… if you don’t continue to write.
You’ll make your own nightmare come true if you give up on your craft, and what a terrible thing it would be to deprive the world of your creativity!
Being a creative-type is difficult, because we can often find ourselves being much too hard on ourselves.
For me, comparing my writing to my peers’ is like shooting myself in the foot.
It hurts nobody but myself, and it does NO GOOD.
If available, go to readings. Little gets me as fired up for writing as hearing other people’s stories. When I go, I always bring a notebook so that I can write down my ideas.
Which brings me to one of the most important tips of all — WRITE DOWN YOUR IDEAS.
Otherwise, you WILL forget them. It doesn’t matter how great of an idea it is, you WILL forget them.
I cringe to think of all the ideas that I’ve lost because I’ve failed to write them down. This is especially true for when we wake up in the middle of the night after having the most bizarre dream. You think to yourself, “How could I forget this? It’s so weird!” Trust me, you’ll forget.
Sometimes, sleepy time Mattie leaves notes for awake Mattie that are utter nonsense, but sometimes… they give me inspiration for something really wonderful.
(A bad night’s sleep can result in a really great work of art.)
Another writing tip I have is to write about what interests you. It doesn’t have to be life-changing, you just have to find it interesting.
I used to be far too caught up in having my writing feel BIG and IMPORTANT. It just led me to not write as often as I would’ve liked to. Not everything has to mean something, although when you’ve taken as many creative writing courses as I have, it’s hard to NOT find meaning in everything.
Thank you so much for reading, friends!