What should you write? Whatever you want!
However, on the internet it is important to pay attention to the topic and overall content, perhaps more so than writing it on paper. If it is published online one must consider what impact it may have on the site in which it is placed. Yes, the writer can write however and whatever she chooses, but there often is more to think about online, such as how the search engines will respond to it.
Down with Writer’s Block
Finding inspiration can be tricky. We’ve all heard of “writer’s block”, the point in time in which the writer becomes stuck, not knowing what to write next. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to come up with the next plot twist or article choice.
You have probably seen the writer who is throwing wad after wad of paper into a trashcan, who’s only accomplishment in the recent past is scoring a three-pointer in the trash.
As Kurt Vonnegut Jr once said, “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” Whatever the answer, both would be very frustrating. Don’t be that guy. Find your own freedom.
Yes, I literally mean that you should run away. Go for a run or bike ride, which can make all the difference. By getting some exercise you increase the blood flow throughout your body, but it’s especially good for the brain. Not only do you get the blood flowing faster, bringing more oxygen, your brain also releases some wonderful hormones, four specifically. They are dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins, which some people call “the feel good chemicals.” They bring a sense of happiness and relaxation, and they are all natural. Don’t believe me? Go for a run and find out.
Go sleep on it. If you are struggling to come up with the next idea or topic, give yourself a rest. Go take a nap or go to bed for the night. Some of our best ideas come when we are sleeping. Hopefully we remember them after we wake up.
And keep a pad of paper and a pen nearby on your desk. Write down your thoughts before you go back to sleep. But remember, you do need sleep, so don’t wake up and start typing every time you have an epiphany. Go back to bed after you write it down.
Write when it’s Time
It is helpful for most people if they implement a writing schedule. Try to keep to a regular time slot in your day. That way your mind will already be getting into the writing mode by the time you sit down at your computer. Some people will even have a certain number of words that they are to write every morning. Not only that, but you may notice that 500 or 1000 words every morning just isn’t enough. What is happening is that your brain is becoming more efficient, stronger even, and can handle more and more. Train yourself to keep a schedule and write at least so many words, at least every day.
Is This the Place?
It is often critically important for writers to maintain a healthy environment in which to write. Some need the hustle and bustle of a coffee shop, while others must have quiet. Most writers prefer an uncluttered area, but not everyone manages to maintain that. It is common to have many books open or teetering on a shelf. Whatever the case may be, do what works best for you.
A Good Reason to Write
If a person is solely focused on a deadline or making money, they may not be “in the moment” of actually being creative or productive. It really is imperative to be focused on the task at hand, that is writing. So do it for the right reasons, to enlighten and even help the reader. As Zig Zigler once said, “You can have everything you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want?”
Just Roll with It
Sometimes, often when we are really focused and our creative juices are flowing, we feel like we could write forever. It’s almost as though our piece is just writing itself. Well, I say just let it flow. When it gets to the point that you can’t write any further then you can stop.
Allow yourself the time and energy to do your craft. Don’t let others get in your way or discourage you. If you can write, then write. Follow your passion and embrace it. Do it for others enjoyment, if you like, but also do it for yourself.