By Liz Kalfayan
Trying to figure out what to write about is sometimes the most difficult part of writing. More times than not, the next most difficult part is actually starting to write. It is difficult to want to write when you are just not into the writing itself sometimes.
As writers we try so hard for our writing to be perfect and we feel it should be easy to just start writing at a drop of a hat. However, it is not always that easy, especially now with all the different major events happening in the world that we might start paying more attention to. Using these worldly events might even help with writing, though. If you are trying to wrap your head around what is going on in the world, writing it down might help you make sense of it all because there has been so much recently. Sometimes all you need to do is start writing to process things and other ideas will be sparked. It has certainly happened to me where I start writing about something that is going on around me and I think of an idea that I might want to use later.
As frequently as I can, I try to journal what is going on in my mind or the world. I even recently looked back on some of my journal entries from the beginning of quarantine and noticed that some of them had the potential to be turned into something like a poem or short story. Writing about what is going on inside my mind and the world is just one of the ways I tend to find ideas for my writing.
I have also started to write about nature more frequently to just be outside and escape. I will find a nice spot to try and write about my surroundings as a way to escape the craziness of the world. I can even return to it later on and develop it into something more if I wanted to. Writing about nature can set a scene for a potential piece of work that you might want to work on at some point, or even add to an existing piece of work that you already have.
However, there are many times when I really struggle to figure out ideas on what to write about. So, I do admit that I occasionally use Pinterest to find different writing prompts, especially if I want to write about something particular, but can’t seem to find the right words. I don’t always use the exact prompts I find, though. Some of the prompts I find sparks interest on something else I might want to write about.
Writing isn’t meant to be perfect or easy. It’s supposed to be a little difficult every once in a while. If you are struggling, then try to use your surroundings and resources to your advantage to start something that can be used later.