• Jenna Benton

How To Decide What To Write

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

It's normal to freeze up a little when it comes to #writing. After all, there are so many possibilities! Here are a few tips to help you through the process.

So many stories, so little time...

You've finally settled in to write. You have your favorite beverage, your favorite chair, your favorite playlist at the ready. You open up a blank document and... you're stuck.

What should you write about? Does it really matter? Does practice really make perfect? Here are some things to keep in mind when you know you're ready to write, but you can't decide where to start.

Look around. Are you already involved in any groups or local organizations? Do you actively comment or participate in any Facebook groups? What are you and your friends talking about? What types of Instagram or Twitter accounts do you follow religiously? Taking a look at the things you are already interested in may give you some clues about what to write about. Ask yourself how to serve the communities you are already participating in.

Pick a passion. Is there a subject that draws you repeatedly into conversation with others? What fascinates you? What makes your blood boil? Chances are, if you are going to write a book about a particular subject, it will need to keep your attention until you're finished. Is there something in your life that keeps you talking? Write about that.

Fill the gaps. Think about the last time you looked for a solution to something and came up short. Take a peek at your last several internet searches. Were they successful? Have you ever found yourself piecing bits of advice together? Think about what you wish existed, and then write that.

Embrace your story. The truth is, you have probably learned some hard lessons in life. You are qualified to talk about what you've learned. Do you have something to say about love, life, or death? Can you help someone see something from a new point of view because you have walked a rough road? Be brave enough to talk about your tough moments, and you might just be surprised at how your readers connect.

Be the expert. Everyone is good at something. What are you good at? Do you like to fix things? Redesign rooms? Grow things? Do you find yourself helping people navigate systems? Are you good at encouraging others? Doodling? Networking? Teaching? Grocery shopping on a budget? Try and think outside the box. Chances are, if anyone has come to you for help with something, you can probably write about it.

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