You have more options than you think…
“We write to taste life in the moment and in retrospect” — -Anais Nin
My brain is currently teeming with a thousand ideas about topics to write for The Medium but I am stumped. I am sure some of the writers are also in this situation.
What can I write about that interest and inspire others?
What can I write about that is useful to readers?
What can I write about that reflects my passion and desires?
I have more than 60 years of experience under my belt and I have not been living under a rock.
Somehow, through my fun-loving and curious character, egged on by my husband who is innately adventurous and a risk-taker, I managed to experience many events, positive and negative in my life so far.
Well, I suppose I could tap on that which I did in my previous articles. So, you could too. Here are three ways;
1 Tap on your emotions
We all have a wide range of emotions — from anger to sadness to sorrow to happiness to joy to embarrassment to apathy to disgust to frustration to fear to horror and so on.
So, if you are not a true hermit living in some cave, you would have been in contact with fellow human beings, each with their own set of experiences.
How have you interacted with them, how did you respond to their reactions?
People write best when they are emoting. People launch into long stories when they complain because of anger for example.
However, praises are more limited. The long stories could almost constitute good articles for The Medium and if they carry good takeaway messages, they are likely to be curated as well.
The next time when you experience an acute emotion, write the event down.
2 Do something
Still flustered? Well, I shall take a walk around my estate. Or go to a mall, have a coffee and people watch. Or call a friend to catch up.
Just remember your safety steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Innocuous as it may seem, if one does not get out of the house during this Covid-19 times, the growth stops. For the mind and the spirit. And you just grow older and more negative if you continue to surround yourself with bad news from the television and other Social media.
If you must get upset by all the things that are happening in the world, take a stand, write about who and what you think is wrong, how you would propose change and the medium is exactly where you could voice out if you are unable to influence the events in any way.
I often steal time away from work when there are no patients and settle down in a nice cafe and start reading.
Staying in the clinic or office exposes me to interruptions — phone ringing, cheques to sign, questions from staff. At the cafeteria or public bench, it is an idea mulling time and I find that it works well when I am sipping and savoring my cappuccino slowly and surely while reading other people’s articles.
Reading is the fountain of ideas. What others write about, you could give your spin to it as your perspectives may be drastically different. It is one of the most profitable activities in your life and career.
Find out how your friends have advanced themselves in the last few months or regressed, through a phone call. A crisis like Covid-19 brings out the best in some and the worst in others. Something you must avoid if it’s the latter case.
Generally, amazing things happen when people are cornered to cope in life.
Ideas will come. No input, no output. Someone wrote about quitting the rat race on The Medium and I came up with an article on ‘Why I will continue with the rat race.’ This is a contrarian approach but I get something written from a fresh perspective.
3 Recall and Recollect
Look at your photo albums.
See which photos provoke or incite you the most and write your feelings down. What could have been better? How have you dealt with your situation? What were you grateful for?
Fortunately, I have documented my travels on FB. When I looked at the pictures, the memories came flooding back. Why did I go back to Japan a few times a year? What was my best trip? What dangerous things did I do on a trip?
To others, it is mind-boggling and inexplicable. But I was inexorably drawn to a certain country for the reasons that appeal only to me — its food, culture, scenery, lifestyle, etc.
Knowing the language helps. My friends did not understand that I went solo there a few times to step out of my comfort zone and have found my footing there. I discovered nothing to fear traveling solo and how to cope with loneliness in a strange land. People are not all bad. If they cannot communicate with you, they turn away, more out of embarrassment than apathy. You will find your way.
After I figured out the megapolis, it became no threat to me though it was initially. I went back to Japan again to seek out experiences tourists do not get. That is plenty to write about.
4 Check Out Yourself
What are your passions? What did you love doing and what are you good in? Eating? Sleeping? Talking? Even that can constitute an article and become an inspiring one. If you think hard enough and do some research.
Believe yourself that you are a treasure trove of stories and lessons. You need to dig deeper into your past and present and dream of the future. Every day is a happening one if you do, ask, and observe.
“Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on” — — Louis L’ Amour
Writing is such an exciting activity. In the process of writing, my requirement to read led me to discover authors who have a real way with words and a system of making their articles so readable and inspiring, and so deserving of earning their passive income.
Currently, while feeling stuck thinking about what to write, I settled on writing “What to write when feeling stuck”. I have come up with this read on where one can get ideas and this also serves to remind me what I need to do.
Now, get that paper, wield that pen, and start writing. It will be blank for a moment or many moments. IT may be days and weeks or even months.
The magic will come.
Words will flow, ideas will connect, and a message becomes imminent. Your article will be ready. You have written.
You will be ready for the next one.