Every once in a while, I find myself struggling to come up with new topics to write about. I find myself unmotivated, feeling like a failure; I want so badly for this blog of mine to become wildly successful; a place where you guys can come and be inspired and learn photography. That is my goal for this blog, and I push every day to get it there. But every so often, I begin to feel as though that will never happen. My mind fights me, telling me that my writing will never be good enough and that I should just give up on it. Other days, when I’m not fighting my mind, I find myself wondering what I should be writing about. I struggle with finding topics, mainly because I don’t know what direction I want to take this blog in. Should I write more motivational, inspiring articles, or should I turn this into a blog where you can learn my craft? Well…is my craft only photography then? Or has writing slowly become my craft as well? What about drawing? I guess I have been doing some of that too, since I am actively pursuing a degree in graphic design. Should I write about that, as well?
Fair warning: I have no idea where this is going
Before I began typing this article, I had written one about The Biggest Lie We Tell Ourselves Every Day; in just half an hour, I whipped out a fifteen-hundred-word article that I felt could help motivate you guys into crossing off a goal or two that you have, every single day. With ease, despite my mind being rather tired as it is still early in the morning for me, I was able to cross off one of my own goals. And with that article, I had high hopes you would be able to do the same.
However, I knew that I was on a roll with my writing and I was feeling rather inspired to keep going, rather than simply call it quits and hop back in bed for the last hour of my free morning. So, I opened up a new word document and began searching my head for another idea that I could write about. I knew that this one probably would not hit the fifteen-hundred-word mark, but I wanted to write something.
The blank electronic page in front of my eyes stared back at me, the screen dimming as my laptop began to die. The first article I wrote this morning began the same way: with a blank screen.
A blank canvas with which I can do as I please
There are no rules when it comes to writing. No rules when it comes to art, in general. You can debate with me all you want about whether writing is a form of art: it is, and that is the end of discussion.
What you cannot debate with me, however, is whether everything starts as a blank canvas. And that, I do believe, is the topic I wanted to write about with this article.
You see, unless I start out right away with a topic in mind, I often find myself writing gibberish on the page. Like when you are sick, you know how you need to throw up for a while before you begin to get better? Yeah, it’s the same thing with my writing. I throw up on the page for a bit, hope that my throw-up will entertain you guys for long enough, and then I find my topic for the article, the thing I actually wanted to write about in the first place. And suddenly, I am able to just take off.
The same thing happens with my photography. I often find myself not knowing exactly what I want to shoot. So, I capture images of multiple different subjects until I eventually find one that really works, where I absolutely nail it.
Art is like life
Life, too, begins as a blank canvas. We are born into this new world with no prior knowledge; a blank slate. As life goes on, we find ourselves filling our canvas with new images, with new knowledge. Some of this knowledge – most of it – may not be necessary. Much of what we learn as a child is fundamental, but as we grow, we begin to lose space on our canvas. As limitless as it may seem, we find that we no longer want to fill it with all the knowledge in the world. Instead, we would rather paint our canvas with only a few colors, just enough to make us satisfied. We find our passions and we run with them, leaving behind whatever else is unnecessary.
I’m not too sure if any of this article makes sense to you guys. Much of what I write, doesn’t make much sense to me either. However, I am sort of in that transitional stage now where I want to write more inspirational things. I find myself so often going in and out of being inspired, and I want to try to help not only you guys, but also myself, get out of that weird funk.
So, I hope you are able to take something away from this. And please, press one of these little buttons down below to let me know if you want more of these sorts of articles. Hopefully they will be more focused in the future, but nonetheless, let me know what you are thinking!