One of the most common questions I get from writers I work with is: “I got writer’s block, I’m stuck and frustrated, how do I get out of this rabbit hole?” Another version of the same question usually comes from writers with a day job or who are mothers of small children (or both: girls, I feel your pain): I’m so stressed and overwhelmed, that I cannot find the time/right mindset to write my story, what should I do?” My answer is: start blogging for fun.
Every writer, whether is already established or just starting out, should be blogging, at least once in a while. Blogging, when done correctly, keeps your juices going, relax your mind and helps you focusing on things you want to write about for fun, not because you have to.
OK, but what you do mean with “when done correctly”, Louisa? I’ve never blogged in my life, you might object, I don’t know where to start, I don’t know where to acquire my domain, I’m not sure my posts can look professional, I’m scared, I feel stressed already. My answer is: please, don’t do any of the above.
By blogging “done correctly “, I mean blogging done for fun, to relax, to write for pleasure and not under pressure; you should blog as if no one is watching because, at least when you start your blog, no one or just very few people will be reading what you write. Which is totally OK, actually, it is THE MAIN REASON WHY YOU SHOULD BLOG.
It is the main reason why I started blogging as a teen: I’ve always wanted to tell stories, as well as working with books to an extent, so I have always written and read a lot. Still, I was attending a very demanding highs hook and then uni, which made my brain feel like a muddy mash at the end of the day, drained my neurones and left me very little time to write. I was determined to keep my dream alive, though, and so I started writing short stories and thoughts in a notebook and then transferred them into a blog which now doesn’t exist anymore (it was on blogger and had no personal domain) but which helped me A LOT, since it encouraged me to keep writing and putting my writing out there, even though only a few people were reading it (my blog had an average of 40-50 visitors per month).
I had no expectations from that blog, I didn’t feel like anything that I was writing had to be perfect and polished, nor particularly interesting: I left those requirements for my academic essays and tests, for my exams: my blog was my happy place, the place where I could write without being judged and just for my own pleasure. Still, although it was a very stress-free and non-committal activity (I posted whenever I felt like it, without a schedule), it somehow encouraged me to be consistent and reliable (as well as relatable) in my output.
That’s all for now, as far as blogging for fun is concerned; in another post, I’ll talk about blogging professionally.