The theme for this month’s post is ‘Your Greatest Difficulty as a Writer’, and as soon as I saw the theme, I knew what mine would be. As much as I’d normally say that mine is actually getting things finished, I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that my greatest difficulty is talking about writing.
I know what you’re thinking. I write posts for Write Anything, and my own blog – how can I possibly find it difficult to talk about writing? Well if I’m honest, I’m finding it more and more difficult to come up with topics for blog posts. Either I’ve covered the subject myself on my own blog, or someone else has covered it on this blog, and summed it up with far more eloquence than I could ever manage. Besides which, I’ve been too preoccupied with the Day Job of late to keep up to date with publishing news, meaning I can’t even discuss what’s relevant to our industry.
Besides, there’s always a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that I know what I’m talking about. Like, I might decide to talk about the use of character sheets, but then I’ll think “Why are you talking about that? What could you possibly have to say that’s of any use to anyone?” Sure, I’m sharing what I’ve learned over the years I’ve been writing, but I still worry that it’s not really of any value. Writing is such a personal endeavour, and what works for me might not work for you, so should I still discuss it?
The other part of the difficulty relates to breaking down the process of writing. Writing is often something you just sit down and do – an idea pops into your head, and you run with it. Even if you’re a Planner, and you sit down to compose a rough outline and away you go. Writing a blog post about writing forces you to take a step back, break the process into manageable chunks, and decide which of those chunks you’re going to tackle. It’s not as easy as it looks!
What I think I need to do is be better organised, create a list of potential topics, and stick to it. And hopefully, someone might find some use in what I say!