The Greatest Gift.

 

A book!? You may be thinking to yourself, “I can think of a hundred other things that I would rather have than a dumb old book.” Quite honestly, I can’t. Tomorrow, I will turn 18 years old. The book pictured below was actually an early birthday present from my girlfriend of a year, Tracy. I mean sure, at 18 years old, there’s a lot of things I could possibly wish to receive. College paid for, a new car, good scores on Advanced Placement college tests, etc. While all of those things would make excellent gifts, I’m not holding my breath.

As a writer, one of the biggest things I struggle with is figuring out exactly what I want to write about. It happens to everyone sooner or later! If you’re a writer or blogger who doesn’t suffer from “Writer’s Block”, I’m extremely jealous. The problem isn’t that we aren’t creative enough to write (I promise you, everyone is), but instead, it’s that we are constantly functioning under a massive sensory overload. Every time I sit down to write, I start at the same place: what message do I want to send? What kind of tone do I want to take on? Will I have enough to say? Coincidentally, this often winds up being the same point where I end. Why? Because as soon as we pull out our pens and notebooks, we are swamped–by life.

Life is beautiful. Whether or not we like to admit it all the time, life is one big magical roller coaster. It’s a thrill ride, sending us screaming down drops and shooting around curves at breakneck pace. Choosing one split-second moment from that ride to describe? Good luck, kid. This is where the book comes in. Giving yourself a prompt can be difficult, but extremely helpful. It gives you something to look for on the ride, so you aren’t just sitting there obnoxiously screaming and holding back tears (you know exactly the type of person I’m talking about, and to be honest it’s probably me). Previously, I shared my goal to write for a half hour each day. With this book, I’ll be able to hold myself accountable and focus more on what I’m really trying to say.

Accountability?

Inspiration?

Writer’s Block relief?

I can’t think of a better birthday gift!

-ZCS

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11 thoughts on “The Greatest Gift.

  1. I bought that book in the fall thinking I could use it for one of my writing blogs. I’ve used it a couple of times and it’s now sitting in a drawer waiting for me to get back to it. Good luck. It is a fun book

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  2. I agree. I tend to write poems. And I’ve found inspiration in the most random places. For almost 9 months I hadn’t written a word. Which was a record for me. But then I stumbled across this old poem written by a friend and BAM! NEW POEM CREATED! I think everyone has encountered writer’s block atleast once regardless of what they’re writing! All the best mate! (P.S. If it were poems, I’d Music helps you find inspiration as much as art and quotes.)

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      1. I do the same with a couple of really incredible poems that have been written by a famous national poet from my country. His occupation is that of a song-writer but occasionally he pens down some really beautiful poems which inspire me to add on to them and make them my own.

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  3. Thank you for checking out my blog Zach, I’m glad you liked my post. It means a great deal to have talented writers like yourself passing by, you have some lovely work on your blog. Cheers 🙂

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