In the last four weeks, I bet you’ve done at least one of these four things:
– Visited a restaurant
– Visited a tourist attraction
– Watched a film/TV series
– Read a book
(Unless you’ve been finding out what it would be like to live in a nuclear fallout shelter I hope I’m right.)
Okay, now answer this… in the last four weeks have you ever wanted to write but not found the time nor the inspiration?
If you’re reading this blog, I’ll hedge my bets that your answer is ‘yes’.
My apologies if you just said ‘yes’ aloud for no reason in a room full of people. Although maybe your fault for reading a blog at work…
A few years ago, before I started this website, I would frequently do all of the four things above and would also find myself wanting to write, but lacking the inspiration or ‘the time’.
Take one glance at a site like Twitter or the comments page on a newspaper’s website and you’ll be forcibly reminded of the fact that we all have an opinion. And everyone likes to share their opinion when they get the chance.
Just like everyone else, whenever I visit a museum, watch a film, read a book or go out for a meal I have an opinion on what I’ve just experienced.
So I decided to write about it.
Trip Advisor, Goodreads, Imdb, etc. There are so many platforms out there where your reviews can actually help people, as well as give you a chance to flex some words out onto a page.
I found myself writing a metric shit ton of reviews. Trying to make them as funny, interesting and entertaining as possible.
I found that the more I wrote, the more I wanted to write.
It brought back my creativity.
It brought back my inspiration.
And, in doing so, I realised that I actually did have time to write. More time that I knew. If I could find time in my day to write a 300 word review, I had time to write whatever I wanted to.
Try it. It’s the springboard that helped get me focused and writing again.