I’m finding myself at a loss lately on what to share. I mean, I started this blog to take on the challenge, but also to re-ignite my passion for writing. For the first 3 weeks it was there and I was feeling pretty good about it. However, to actually write something out every day for 30 days straight is more difficult than I expected.
Of course it might have been easier with a preset list of topics or articles to work from… maybe.
Through it so far Chris has been a huge supporter on this project and my biggest cheerleader. He’s been quite amazing. I don’t recall any relationship previous to this that gave me this much encouragement.
So just to get it out there I posted on my Facebook page that I was struggling with finding something to write about. It’s not that I don’t have ample things to write, but I guess I’m not always sure if they’re things people want to read. I’m not sure why I think that. Could be just nervous or something.
Anyway, I posted that update and a friend, whom I haven’t seen in several years, suggested exactly what I needed to hear. He gave me some compliments on my blog, which was helpful. He also gave me a wonderful suggestion. He wrote, “I like stories. During quiet moments with friends and family, or even on dates (before marriage) I often throw out my favorite request: “tell me a story”.”
I wasn’t entirely certain what to do with this blog to begin with. I can’t say I had a focus beyond sharing my “interesting” life and views. But truth be told, as a child I greatly enjoyed writing short fictional satirical stories. I got quite a bit of praise from my teachers for them, and even took some creative writing classes at the local community college when I was still in elementary school.
Honestly, I’m not sure why I stopped.
When I turned 19 I began writing for a music magazine; for 7 years. I interviewed some of the biggest names in rock history. On that level, it was pretty cool, but as a young woman I detested the misogynistic male dominated rock music industry of the time, and was never fond of playing the politics. It stressed me out and made me generally unhappy.
A friend from Denmark gave me some wonderful topics, things she knows I’m passionate about. Topics regarding equal rights for all, women’s health, empowerment, and safety; my anger about the recent news reports regarding the gang rape of a 16 year old girl from Stubenville Ohio who was kidnapped and gang raped by high school football players and how some in the town blame her and others have tried to cover it up, as well as the gang rape and murder of a 23 year old woman in India. Amazing and intense topics! These are things I write passionately about on my FB page. But then I wonder how many of you want to hear me rant about injustices?
I’m reminded of the simple advice: “Write what you know”. Perhaps I’m making it all more complicated in my head than it needs to be? If someone likes a post I make I hope they “like” it so I’m aware that what I write is received well. Feedback and comments help.
What tends to happen is I will think of a “something” to write about. In my head, much like a plan of strategy, I will have it all set out on what to include, where to go with it, what to start out with and how to end it. Until that set falls into place It’s difficult for me to take the first step. I already have page after page of partially written blog posts because I had no idea where I was taking it, so I stopped and saved it to consider on another day.
Anyway… that’s where I’m at. I promise to keep at this and keep writing.
Official video for Lovett‘s Eye of the Storm, directed by Christopher Alender, from the album, Highway Collection.
Lovett – “Eye of the Storm”