Sometimes it can be difficult for writers to come up with a topic to write about. You might think you have nothing of importance to say, or you may be worried that no one will be able to connect with what you are saying.
Or, maybe you’re not really feeling like you’re in the groove of writing. Sometimes you’re in the zone, while other times your work isn’t truly flowing through you onto paper.
And that’s okay. You have to trust that you were blessed with this skill for a reason. Don’t write for everyone else. Write for yourself. Tell YOUR story. Don’t worry about comparing yourself to Shakespeare. Shakespeare is awesome and all, don’t get me wrong, but he’s already told his stories. The world has yet to read yours, though.
There are some things you need to know in order to develop your craft.
Remember, writing is an art, and art cannot be forced. It has to organically flow through you in order for you to create. Can you imagine what the Sistine Chapel would look like if Michelangelo felt as if he were uninspired? What a shame that would be!
But that’s not how that transpired. He had a vision and worked towards that vision. He honed his craft prior to this project, and when inspiration struck, he was ready to paint the most beautiful frescos you’ve ever seen.
Notice I didn’t suggest that you shouldn’t work on your craft just because you’re not inspired. There are many ways to hone your creativity aside from writing.
If you’re not “feeling it” one day in the writing department, try working on a completely different craft. For instance, try painting, sculpting, or even something you may not have even done before. You could even try your hand at sewing. The point is, try to create something outside of writing to get your creative juices flowing in yet another way. This might, unknowingly, unlock whatever is blocking your creativity when it comes to writing.
And if your creativity is still not flowing, attempt to write in a different manner. If you’re writing a fiction novel, you may want to try writing poetry to break up some of the monotony. But never stop creating.
Writing is a process, and should be treated as such. Some days the words flow, and on those days, take advantage of your creative consciousness speaking to you. Be warned though, you don’t want to waste this time, because it’s not always going to be like this. Some days, you’ll feel like you have nothing to say, and that’s okay. And some days you’ll feel like the words are writing themselves. Give yourself the freedom to write all you need on these affluent creative days, because this is a gift, and not a given.
Your story will be told in its due time. Trust your art and trust your timing.