When I started writing almost a year ago, I had set my mind on a schedule of topics per day. Some were based on my strengths (everything language-related), some about what I was diving in (self-development) and one was about sharing my growth through a new challenge.
That last one was set on Mondays: writing.
As a new writer, having never written for others in my life, I thought it would be useful for anybody interested to be able to follow my path, my evolution, and my thoughts regarding it along the way.
I’ll be reaching the 1-year mark in about 3 weeks which means I’ve written almost 50 articles about writing. A topic I had never dove into beforehand.
I’ve struggled with finding topics countless times. After all, how could I dare expect people to read my pieces if I don’t know anything about the topic? And how could I write something nobody’s said before?
I thought of giving up that topic many times and yet, I’m still here writing about that same one.
Because I realize how important it is to share your most insecure thoughts with the rest of the world.
Writing online is therapy
Let me first keep this about myself for one last moment. Anybody with his own articles online for a short while will know this without fault.
What people connect with is honesty. It’s sharing hard times. It’s giving your experience to the unknown reader in the hope of being helpful.
With more than 7 billion people around the world, the probability of your experience having happened — or currently happening — to someone else is pretty high and this is what makes it worthwhile more than anything.
But writing about your own experiences, whether good or bad, also makes you reflect on them, accepting and learning from the bad ones or learning more from the good ones is the probably the best type of therapy there is.
After all, it’s cheaper than a psychologist and you get the opportunity of more varied opinions!
You can always say “something”
You’ve certainly had some conversations during which you get to a point and think:
“How did we end up talking about this?”
Those conversations are usually the result of a long-winded talk jumping from closely-related topics to less related ones again and again until you realize you’ve lost the main argument long ago.
The experience of writing feels similar to me.
By originally trying to share my own experience and now hoping to share even just a little bit of advice, I’ve noticed that there’s always something more, at least somehow related, to write about.
I’ve only been writing about a year, about “only” 300 or so articles, this is nothing compared to countless others. Just here, on Medium, there are some people with thousands of posts in their belt.
If a limit on a certain topic really existed, then we’d all be reading 1 single person per topic. The simple fact that hundreds of thousands of people write every single day is the proof we’ll always have more to write about.
So why don’t you stand straight and start writing your next (or first!) piece? Who knows, it might be what the rest of the world was waiting for!