By: Traci Kenworth
“Still writing?” I usually nod and smile, then quickly change the subject. But here is what I would like to put down my fork and say: Yes, yes, I am. I will write until the day I die or until I am robbed of my capacity to reason. Even if my fingers were to clench and wither, even if I were to grow deaf or blind, even if I were unable to move a muscle in my body save for the blink of one eye, I would still write. Writing saved my life… ― Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life
Are You Still Writing?
If you’re still plugging away and writing, ask yourself:
- Is there such a thing as too much exposure when it comes to getting our work out there?
- Are you still getting noticed?
- Can our posts work against us?
- Do we need to reconsider our words or topics, so we don’t bore the reader?
- How do we know if our writing is relevant for readers?
Same Topic: Are You Changing Perspectives?
Writing on the same things all the time might begin to work against us. We need to break new ground, to go the extra mile to win the day. So how do we do that? What does that mean? First off, take a look at what you already have out there.
- Too much on grammar, punctuation?
- Are you arguing about character versus plot at the exclusion of other topics?
- Are you repeating writing tips every few months?
Is It Time for a Fresh Approach?
If you answered yes to those questions, it’s time for a fresh approach.
What are your interests? The things that get you excited. Writing with humor might be your magic touch, or perhaps delving into what you’ve learned while opening and running your own business. There are so many ideas you can write about, so don’t limit yourself to the same old topic. Even if your posts get rave comments and lots of views, you can’t rest on your laurels. How can you do that?
- Explore things.
- Find a new perspective.
- Go down the rabbit hole and see where it takes you.
It might be just one post you get out of it, but maybe there’s a year’s worth or more. Letting go has its benefits. It’ll free up that creative juice to take a swing at a new future. You’ll see.
Don’t Limit Yourself
Limiting ourselves can be the curse that drags us down into the sea. We need to push forward onto the next shore. If everyone’s writing about the Avengers, does it make sense to continue that trend or break out with something far removed from that? Maybe you want to talk about elephants or the terror bunnies induce. Anything and everything can make up your post. You don’t have to go with something everyone else is doing.
Find your niche and explore all the facets of it. Every new perspective in your niche can be groundbreaking. Show others that you can stretch that writing muscle. As you do so, you’ll find yourself looking forward to posting again. Your enthusiasm for the topic will come through for the readers, and that’s contagious.
Try things—an experiment in the form of prose. What you might dabble at could end up being one of your best posts ever. There’s always room for exploring new things or breathing new life into a topic by finding something different about it that’s underexplored.
Perhaps an oddball message that hits just right. You never can tell where words will lead you. Just put your fingers to the keyboard and let loose. Pushing yourself to new heights will grow both yourself and your writing. We learn by doing, they say. I would venture to say that we also learn by thinking about doing something different and applying it to a post.
To-Do To Done To Another Way
These days, writing things down helps me. I can study what needs doing from all angles and perhaps develop a new way to go about it. Something that will help me focus and get the task done.
Do you hesitate to try to get anything done unless it’s done to perfection? Work on changing that. Keeping pace with your day-to-day tasks will help you clear your lists so you can make new ones. Accomplishing goals will give you confidence in your abilities. It brings positivity to your day. That, in turn, can push you into getting more done, and that includes writing.
Careful though. More, more, more can siphon our writing strengths if we’re not paying attention. How many posts do you see repeat things they’ve said previously? As if talking about a subject ad nauseum is the way to go. That’s why I say, try and pull something new from the reserves. Even if it’s complete silliness at first, keeping at it will pay off and get you back on track to where you want to be.
Teacher, Expert, Or Preachy?
We can’t all be the best teachers of the craft. Some of us either don’t know enough to, and others know deep down that teaching isn’t their calling. There are more writers than you can count who do nothing but writing posts. You have to branch out every now and then and go for the new. How can you do that?
- What do you like to research?
- What setting does your book have?
- Is it time to write some poetry or prose instead of problem-solving?
Exploring and elaborating on these can lead to more ideas for blogs. A little prodding can turn into an engaging post. It’s been said that there are no new ideas, but I don’t believe that. You just have to find a new spin.
Be Open to the New
So how do we do find a new spin on old topics? We let our Muse guide us. Listen to it. It’ll take you on journeys over the mountains into the valley, to all the places you haven’t traveled and then you can write with passion about a new topic.
I’m not saying you might not hit a snag or two but coasting through life isn’t the way. You need to be in the driver’s seat and take charge of your writing. You are charting the course of your life, your blog, your words. It may not be easy.
Maybe it gets your teeth grinding just thinking of stringing thoughts together, but you’re a writer. You have to break new ground; pull ahead. If it were easy, everyone would do it. If you’re serious about your craft, now is the time to take charge. Don’t let another day become lost. Find something, anything to explore.
Go Within and Then Write
Let the dam break on your thoughts and emotions, even if it feels like it’s not going to be worth it in the end. It will. Believe in yourself, in what you have to say. Everybody uniquely views the world, and every time you write from your unique perspective, you will grow that writing muscle.
Not to mention, your mood will improve a hundredfold because you’ll be doing what you love to do.
When I don’t write, I don’t feel as positive or ready to tackle things in my life. Words bring out the joy you feel and authenticate the effort you’ve gone through.
Can too many posts dilute our writing? I don’t believe the right ones will. They’ll only lead to more satisfaction and a more significant adjustment in your writing arsenal.
Bio: Traci Kenworth
Traci Kenworth writes all genres of YA as well as the occasional historical romance. She lives in Ohio with her son, daughter, and four cats, chasing snippets of whatever story she’s working on at the time.
She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Writing saved her during a dark period in her life.
She is forever grateful to God for this way out of the darkness and into the light. That’s the type of hero/heroine she writes about, survivors and those they love. Her writings show others a way back when they think everything is lost.
Her character’s stories give the reader that most welcome gift – hope. Some other things she enjoys: genealogy, riding horseback, and, of course, reading.
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