Lately, because I enjoy writing, a few people have approached me saying that I should start a blog. Obviously they don’t know about this one. Funny, isn’t it?
“What would I write about?” I ask them. As odd as that sounds, after having already written hundreds of posts, it’s actually a valid question. What would I write about? Everything is already being written.
What then, would make my posts stand out from the rest? What can I possibly write that hasn’t been written yet? What knowledge can I share that most people don’t already know? What difference can I make that no one else has made?
The other day, someone who used to publish articles in a well-known magazine asked me, “If you could write about one topic, what would it be? What are you most passionate about?” That is same question she asked herself years ago. The answer led her to writing an article that immediately got her hired as a columnist at the magazine, where she remained one of their top writers for years.
What am I passionate about, and how could I write about it in a way different from how others have? Then there is the other question of what I want to do. Do I want to be a columnist? Or do I want to write fiction, as mentioned to a friend recently? Or, do I simply want to write?
I love writing, but what do I want to accomplish by doing so? Anything?
All of those questions have given me writer’s block for the past week, mainly out of discouragement. Why write if my words won’t make a difference? Do they? Does it matter? Who do I write for? Do I write for me, the reader, or both?
I have so many questions running through this head of mine, so I’ll ask you one.
What are you trying to accomplish through your writing?