I used to be funny. Or at least fun. Do you remember when I used to be fun?
Maybe not. That was a long time ago.
I was thinking the other day that I miss that – having fun with my writing. I've actually been thinking that for some time. I don't really enjoy writing about divorce and domestic violence and child pornography. Does anyone? But it's right in front of me, so I write about it.
I remember sitting at a conference once and listening to someone talk about brainstorming topics. They would choose their topics a month out and then sit down and write their posts and schedule them. Ta da!
I thought about doing that myself. For about two seconds.
I think that's a great strategy for niche writers. But what if your niche is turning yourself inside out and spilling your guts onto paper? Hard to schedule that kind of thing.
More importantly, I rarely know what I'm going to write until I sit down and write it. I might start writing about marriage, for instance, and end up with a post about how I learned to energetically occupy my own space. (True story – I ended up lopping off the first two paragraphs of that post.)
Little known fact. Lopping off the first two paragraphs of whatever you write is an excellent strategy for creating stronger, tighter posts. You might also want to lop off some paragraphs in the middle. Don't be so attached to your writing. Less is more.
But back to my current topics – seriously tired of them. I'm ready to open myself up and find something else inside. Maybe even something fun. I imagine the only person who hates what I write about more than I hate what I write about is my ex-husband.
When we were married, I rarely wrote about him. I'm sure he wishes he could go back to that anonymity.
But here's the thing. Writers don't choose their topics. Topics choose writers. Writers write about what is in front of them. If you don't want someone to write about you, stop being an obstacle in their lives.
It really is that simple.
If I'm driving down the road and there is an obstacle in the middle of the road, I can't ignore it. I have to deal with it. If you don't want a writer to write about you, get out of the road.
Just in case the Universe subscribes to Wanderlust, here is a list of topics I'd like to find sitting in the middle of the road:
- Travel to Patagonia
- Travel to Africa
- Travel anywhere
- Running a triathlon with London CityMum
- How to make the perfect smore
- My hot, new sponsorship deal
- Great sex
- Who is sending me all this gourmet dark chocolate?
Okay, are we good?
Are we clear?
Excellent. Waiting with baited breath...