Writing for Blogcritics is harder than it looks. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed it, but it has been harder than I anticipated. I know what I write is good, not great, but good. However, it usually revolves around one particular subject: mental health. I have been writing about that topic for a year now, so it has become very easy for me to think of new things to write. There has been a drawback to writing about the same topic all the time. I believe in some ways, it has stunted my creativity.
I look around Blogcritics and I see such amazing articles and authors. The topics they discuss are varied and really well written. I keep telling myself that I could tackle similar subjects. After all, I form my own opinions about things. It has not helped. Instead of that thought inspiring me to pick a new and interesting topic to write about, I keep thinking that one of the other Blogcritics’ writers could do a better job.
My other problem is that I am overwhelmed by all the choices I have. I am better at making decisions when my options are limited to about three. I look at news stories and blogs to get ideas for what to write, and I am simply overwhelmed by the number of topics that I could write about. There is so much news out there. I wonder how the other authors manage to narrow their choices down until they find the perfect idea of what to write.
Compared to most people who actively write on the internet, I am a relatively young writer. Until I began writing for my blog about a year ago, I had not written much of anything in about twenty years or so. From the quality I see represented in many of the articles that are on Blogcritics, it appears that many of the writers have been actively writing for far longer than I have.
All of this leads me to two choices. Either I woman up and take a chance, writing about something that is different from what I normally would, or I continue to take the easy path and not stretch my creative muscles. One choice scares me, and the other is nice and comfortable. I am not going to ask anyone’s opinion about what choice would be best. I know that it would not help me narrow anything down. I am sure some people would say, “Stick to what you know.” While others would say “Let your creative juices flow.”
I want to become a better writer. There are some people who read what I write and are nagging - I mean, encouraging - me to write a book. Even if no one were to read it, I believe that is something I would enjoy doing. However, I know I would enjoy it more if I had more confidence in my writing skills. I guess the answer is obvious then. I need to start taking chances with what I write and quit letting Blogcritics intimidate me.