Writing is Hard
I am obsessed with writing, and it shows because even after writing sub-par quality articles and blog posts for well over a year now, I continue to pursue writing.
By now, I know how to edit an article, how to get rid of adverbs from every other sentence, and for the most part, I recognize red flags in writing.
And yet, my articles remain mediocre at best.
If you were to ask me what my biggest dilemma is, like many other wannabe writers, it’s finding what to write about. Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about writing itself because that’s what you do, right? Those who can’t do, teach? Or some such nonsense?
But really, how does one figure out where their strength lies?
Now here’s the truth bomb.
For me at least, it’s not so much as not knowing what to write about as it is an aversion to undertaking the mighty task of really sitting down and writing about what my heart truly desires.
And what my heart desires isn’t really easy to write about.
I want to write about the history of the world. It’s HARD. Imagine the research that will need to go into writing such an article.
I want to write about wars. But just thinking about fact-checking the details gives me a migraine.
I want to write about technology. But I’m an engineer… must I come home and research more tech stuff when I could be kicking off the shoes and binge on Attack on Titan on Netflix?
Let’s face it once and for all. Writing is hard! But choosing what to write about is harder still, NOT because we don’t know what we want to write about, but because the things we want to write about will kick our butts in shape. And that’s uncomfortable to deal with.
But then again, anything that’s worth something, usually comes at a cost. We can either prepare to do the work and be great, or we can choose to remain mediocre and write about how to be a morning person (give me a break… stop hitting snooze already you numbskull!), or how to save 20 bucks a day, or in my case, how to be a blogger.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll continue to write about writing and blogging because it’s something I know a thing or two about, and there are those who want to learn how to do it, and if I can help, then hey, it’s public service! AND I get to make moolah, so yes please, I’ll take that, thank you very much.
But I think it’s also time to deactivate my Netflix account and really learn about the things I want to write about, so I can… you know… finally sit down and write about these things.
So my friend, if you’re struggling to figure out what you truly want to write about, ask yourself: do you really not know what you want to write about? Or are you simply too lazy to get your butt off the couch and do your due diligence, research, and put in the hard work?