Recently, my goddaughter sent me an e-mail asking for ideas for a book of short stories she’s writing. She began with the idea to write a book, but discovered she would rather write a book of many short stories. She is eleven and has been writing stories for a couple of years. I admire her enthusiasm.
I immediately responded to her e-mail and was able to provide her with ten story ideas in a matter of minutes. After I sent the e-mail, I wondered why can’t I come up with ideas for my blog as easily as I did for her.
Over the years, I’ve written many short stories. I’ll read the newspaper or a magazine and instantly have several ideas. I’ll get many ideas listening to people’s conversations at work, not that I eavesdrop, but working in a cubicle environment, it’s easy to overhear conversations. I have lists of ideas for short stories and novels, but never enough time to write.
This blog has been my biggest writing challenge so far. The ideas and words aren’t coming as easily when I sit down to write a post. My mind travels down the road of self-doubt. I start questioning my ability. Why would anyone read this post? How many people will get bored with the first paragraph and move on to something better? Am I good enough to ever have any followers?
My negative thoughts snowball and before I know it, my mind becomes a dried up well. All of the ideas and enthusiasm I had before I registered with WordPress.com have vanished. I then come to the realization that I might be in over my head.