When I hear the term writer's block, I tend to roll my eyes. Get over it. Just put pen to paper, or finger to keys and get writing. For me, writers block takes another form. I usually usually have something on my mind, and I always enjoy writing. The block comes when I think about sending those precious words out into the world. Yes, that's the goal, but doubt can wedge its way in and send me and my words running for cover. Does anyone care what I have to say, I wonder. Or, why am I important?
Self-importance is such a driving force behind the social media boom. When you Facebook, Tweet or upload photos, you are assuming that someone want to read your words or see your photos. There's something narcissistic about assuming anyone cares at all. Instead of assuming people want to hear my stories, I begin to question. Before I blog I think carefully about how people will be able to relate to the story. In trying to make everything accessible, I can squash some of my story ideas.
I never have a problem telling other people's stories (with their permission of course). I find them fascinating. Whether it is someone that I meet on the street, or a person that I have been hired to write about at a magazine, I usually find some fact that makes me want to know more. Makes me want to relate. It's just harder to see that in your own stories.
So, from now on, I will be taking my own advice and JUST WRITE!-ing, beginning with the very next post. Once a week, I will just write, whether I think that I have to say is perfect or not.
In the mean time, I would love to hear from you. Do you assume people want to consume your content? Do you write, take photos or use social media for yourself or for others? And where do you think our own self-obsession factors into it? If you blog, do you worry about making everything relatable?
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