It’s one thing to know that you are a writer at heart. Acting upon that knowledge is another matter entirely. More often than not, the first steps of a writer’s journey feel more like stumbles through a pitch black corridor that is miles and miles long. By the time you find your way through, your ego can be so battered and bruised you have forgotten there was a time without the dull ache of perceived failures. But there is an end to that long corridor, you just have to pick yourself back up after every stumble to see it.
There are plenty of resources on the web for young writers attempting to write their first novels or starting their first blog. I know this because I read them all before I started my own journey and I’m sure many of the people who wrote those have accolades more prestigious than my own. What I offer to you now, young writer, is not born of academic research, but born in the sweltering forge of toil and experience.
Perhaps one of the most common issues young writers struggle with is what to write about. When I started, I felt like I was at a busy crossroads, with so many possible roads branching out before me that I was scared to set even one foot on any one of them. I felt strangled by the wealth of possibilities, so much so that I feared pursuing any of them for fear of making the wrong choice. So I read a bevy of articles titled “top ten rules on writing” or “how to choose what to write about” each one with their own take on the right way to do things and the wrong way.
I have often found that the best solution to a problem is usually the simplest one. You don’t need a complex algorithm to solve your problem. Start with the simplest solution. Write what you love and write what you know. If your Kindle library is stuffed to the gills with high fantasy novels and you want to write a novel, the easiest solution would be to try your hand at a fantasy novel. If you want to start your blog, but don’t know what to write about, assess the things that you are either knowledgeable about or passionate about. Even better, find something that checks both those boxes.
Its almost a cliche, but writing about those things that you are most passionate about will keep you writing for a long time to come. When a hurdle is placed in your path during that long trek down that dark corridor, passion is the thing that will drive you to find a way around the obstacle rather than giving up with your first unsuccessful attempt at climbing over it or even worst, never even attempting to beat the obstacle.
There are people who will tell you to find a niche for your blog and stick to it like hot glue, but I say its possible to create your own niche. If your blog is diverse, it may take longer to get the same results as someone who stuck to one topic, but people don’t just read a book or a blog for the story. They read it for the writer’s voice too and that is something important to keep in mind. The point is this: if you don’t know what to write about, lead with your passion because it’s better than not writing at all and you are more likely to continue to write about a topic you are passionate about.