So, the other day I was struck with this thought:
I have nothing to write for my blog.
I couldn't believe it. I had been going so well for so long when I realized I had nothing to say, I was so frustrated. I can't just go to my blog and talk about nothing (although the thought did cross my mind...)
So, rather than torment myself over it, I went to one of my latest writing projects -- a short story that has been rewritten so many times I can't even count (and yes, I know, soon I will have to let it go and say it has officially reached, "The End.")
After a few pages into the story, I suddenly got the idea for a blog post -- ironically, I can't remember it at the moment -- and I jotted down that idea, which resulted in two more ideas coming into my head. And then I realized something...
This is why every writer needs a blog.
But to tell you the truth, I didn't start out blogging to help my writing.
I started blogging because I got sick of hearing the "blogger success stories." You know the ones...it's those urban myth tales of someone reaching publication or making enough money from their blog that they don't have to work (not to mention how cool it sounds when someone says that they blog).
When I heard these stories, I kept thinking to myself, "I am a good writer...I can do this!" So, whether these stories were true or not, when June came around, I started a blog. And I knew that the one topic I would have a lot to talk about -- writing -- would be the focus of my blog. And as I went along with my blog, I kept thinking that if I was writing on my blog about my writing...well, I would have to write, right? I can't write about writing if I'm not writing (okay, I'm getting confused now.)
And now three months have passed...and when I hit that "blogger" block or "writing" block, if you even
believe in that...I didn't want to fight it or push myself too hard to find an idea...I just started to work on something else.
And I wrote.
At this point, I have begun to realize that my writing is now developing a strange relationship with my blog. For a few reasons...first, I want to keep my blog up and current and I don't want to have a ton of time go by where I'm not blogging.
I'll just feel bad and I've learned that guilt makes the anti-muse stronger. So, if I want to keep up my blog and have something to say...I have to write.
And you know what? When I can talk about new writing projects on my blog, whether they are perfect or not, finished or not, I feel even more inspired to write. So, I guess you can say that if I want to write...I have to blog.
I know that nothing is so cut and dry and I know that this intrinsic balance of finding time to do all this is work all by itself...but I'm closer to my dream today than I have ever been. I can feel it.
So, if you write. You should blog.
Write about writing.
Even if you think everything has been said before.
Even if you worry about not having enough to say.
Even if you worry no one will read what you write.
Even if you worry that you won't have the time.
And you know what? It may just be me, but don't you have those same doubts when you really start to write?
And if you can conquer those doubts on this type of smaller platform...Then you can conquer those doubts
when they come up later on.
And when you do? You know how it will feel?
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