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.
Writer’s Block relief?
I can’t think of a better birthday gift!