I haven’t had much time for writing in the past few weeks. Let me rephrase that–I haven’t made time for writing in the past few weeks. This fact caused me to experience a range of emotions. At first I was annoyed, then I moved to frustration, and finally to acceptance. My “no” to writing paved the way for “yes” to others. I baked Christmas cookies which I hadn’t done in years. I finished reading a book that had been riding with me, its pages calling to be read for a few months at least. At this point, I look at my blog and am completely overwhelmed. I know, the writing chick at Allume and she hasn’t written anything lately. I know. Last week I wrote a post here at Allume and it somehow disappeared into thin air and you know what? I didn’t rewrite it. Obviously it was one of those posts that I only needed to write for me. No one else needed to see it.
Sometimes our writing is exactly that–for us. Writing ultimately starts with us; at the crossroads of our experience, at the peak of our pain, at the diverging road in the wood–our writing begins with us. Most often it helps another person and the penned words foster community, camaraderie, and solidarity, but it begins with the writer.
Yesterday I was chatting with Trina and I confessed that I have no clue what to write about. It’s not a case of writer’s block, per se. It’s more like I have no idea where to start. This is testament that we all get stuck at times. Every.Single.One.of.Us.
She suggested writing about one of my passions. Plopping my bottom in a chair and going for it; writing until the words run dry. It doesn’t matter if the finished product leads to a blog post. It’s about the words and the thought and the process from brain to cellulose (or computer screen). It’s about the practice. Practice. Practice.
What’s one passion of yours and could you, would you write about it until the words run dry?
What tips and tricks help you when you feel stuck with your writing?