The Illusion of Creativity
Writing is almost a chore, now that I have people expecting it from me.
I’ve come across a dilemma quite quickly in this short-lived writing career of mine. If I am publishing my work for others to read, am I still writing what I want to write, or am I writing with the intent to entertain? Normally, I write what I feel like writing, but try to make it enjoyable at the same time. When I’m inspired, it comes pretty easily. But, what about when I’m not inspired?
If I’m going to make a career out of this talent, it can’t depend on me being inspired or not. If I only write when I’m inspired, my lack of income will only worsen the times when I am already uninspired. Until then, I need to practice writing when I don’t really feel like it. Which yes, that happens.
This week, I’ve been a bit under the weather. I’ve had a sore throat and a dry cough from working outside. Breathing in the cold, dry air is not great for the lungs, apparently. I major in journalism, not anatomy. Anyways, since I’ve been sleeping most of the time and have had a headache the time I’m awake, I haven’t really felt like writing much. When I sat down today, I had no idea what to write about. I figured, since this is only my second post, I should give you an idea of what kind of posts you can expect from me in the future. Then I got on this spiel about being bored. As if I’m going to let that stop me from taking up part of your day. The attention is worth it.
I definitely plan on doing book reviews. Before you click off this page, though, stay tuned for what else I have in mind. I promise it all isn’t as mundane as that. I also hope to write some more personal pieces about my tattoos, my style, and some unique stories I’ve lived. I once crashed a wedding in Paris, but if I told you the rest now, you wouldn’t come back, would you? I might delve into politics, once I’ve gotten you roped into my addictive personality and I’m sure you won’t abandon me. I’ll definitely post about music. I’d love to put you on to something new. And, if a day comes when I find myself uninspired, I might open up about that struggle too. You never know.
This is new for me, too, so stick with me. Give it a few weeks and I’m sure I can get a groove figured out. In the meantime, give me some inspiration in your own words down below. I always look forward to comments, even the rude ones. If the inspiration doesn’t come from encouragement, spite is the next best motivator.
If you want to hold me accountable for my promises on what’s to come…