Talk about inspiring!
As a person with a story that may or may not be boring, I appreciated the reminder that it can play out however I choose. (I just have to choose!)
As a writer (who has somehow completely forgotten how to write), I enjoyed the bits of insight about writing (particularly about oneself). The following quote felt like it was written just for me:
But I didn't like thinking about myself anymore. You get tired of thinking about yourself all the time when you're a writer. It gets wearisome, all the bellyaching and feeling and thinking about the world and how you interact with it. Everything's a mirror when you're a writer; the computer monitor is a mirror. Who thinks they are so important that they need to write books about themselves? Who are these people who write about themselves, and how did I become one of them?
I know I'm not cranking out memoirs that people are begging me to make into movies. I know that. And yet, I totally identify with what he's saying. I think it's part of the reason I've been struggling with this blog so much. On the one hand I feel like I can't come up with a single thing to write about. But on the other hand I know that is total he-cow poo (what Liam says instead of BS). Of course I have things to write about. It's a blog. Blogs are built on making something out of nothing. And I have way more than nothing to work with. But I kind of feel like...who cares? And not in a self-depreciating, give me feedback kind of way, I promise. I'm just honestly starting to wonder if all the blog posts and status updates and comments and photos and tweets and whatever else might be teetering on the verge of enough is enough already.
Or maybe I'm just in a bit of a funk. I mean, I really don't want to walk away from my blog. And I definitely don't want to stop writing. But I feel like I've forgotten how to do it. And I have NO IDEA what to write about. So I'm asking for your help. If, for whatever reason, you're still checking in with this somewhat abandoned blog, would you mind telling me what you like to read on here? Maybe if I have a better idea of what you like to read it will help me narrow down what I should try to write.
Or maybe not. But I figure it's worth a shot.
There are certain stories you simply can't make happen by yourself. In order to make the story happen, we have to give it away, we have to ask for help, and when you ask for help, you are asking other people into the story with you, so it's no longer just yours, it belongs to the community that believed in it with you.
- Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years