Writer’s block is one of the reasons why blogging can be a challenge and often times the culprit is ‘lack of inspiration’. I personally think it depends!
In my honest opinion, there is no such thing as lack of inspiration if the source is within ourselves. Everybody is unique and we all live different lives with various stories to share.
So I believe in other reasons for writer’s block such as unable to focus, in a bad mood and so on and so forth, more than lack of inspiration. Unless, of course, the source of inspiration is not from within oneself which is another story all together. Having said all that, it is one thing to be inspired.
It is another thing to know how to use it.
Some people might think blogging for three years are not ‘experienced’ enough. To me, it is enough to recognize my own strengths and weaknesses. If truth be told, I don’t have problem finding inspirations because they are everywhere. Life itself is an inspiration! However, I used to find it difficult to put them into some pieces of writing in a more consistent way. Not to mention the fact that procrastination is one of the things I do well sometimes.
So how to use all the inspirations well?
As you can see on my blog page, I made a decision to write blogs about three things – general issues, photo blog and travel tales. Yes, sunset is the main theme but I decided that I need to help myself with some sub-themes. It’s not like I’m planning to be the next Hemingway or Twain. I’m just being me. So my blogs are as simple as they can get, mainly about my own experiences. Like the title of this blog, learning by sharing.
I thought the sub-themes is enough to find my writing rhythm.
I was wrong! The thing is, there are too many things to share about each sub-themes I chose! So I still found it difficult to know for sure what’s next – not because of no writing ideas but because of too many to choose! Then I bumped into a friend of mine who said this: Inspirations need to be organized. You can’t share something if the source of your inspiration is lost among all of those files, pictures folders, notes, etc of yours!
So the minute I started blogging, I also started organizing everything.
It was not easy, mind you! Imagine having thousands of picture of sunset, landscape, flower, people, and so on and so forth? What you can see on My Flickr Organiser up there is just a tiny part of the things I had to organize a couple of months back. I’m glad I’m done and all the pain I had to go through paid off! Now I know what to share next.
Organizing everything does make life simpler!