It’s Day Nine of My 500 Word challenge by Jeff Goins at goinswriter.com. I have written myself into a self-proccupied, solipcistic, navel-gazing corner. Here are some of the ideas that I’ve come up with to write myself out of it.
1. Humor. My humor tends to work pretty well. But humor is difficult to write unless you and your audience share the same context. On the other hand, I spend the majority of my hours at my day job with high school students. It would be an understatement to say that there is a fair amount of absurdity in the high school world. So there’s certainly some material there.
2. Self-Improvement Kick. Every January, I do some annual planning and set some goals. While I reached about eighty percent of my goals last year, there is a certain folly in posting your own goals for public consumption, unless you are doing it for accountability and to show that any old schmo can make an annual plan, come up with some means to fulfill the plan, and improvise some checks and balances on the way to keep on track.
3. The Folly of the Self-Improvement Kick. This could be fun — and funny!
4. Book reviews. There are innumerable sites that write book reviews. However, none write them for my audience, nor are they a combination of my tastes, interests, and personality.
What about you? How do you write your way out of your own self-preoccupied, solipcistic, navel-gazing corners?
Why did you stop writing?
I took a break from blogging because I found that I started writing for an audience and cultivating the kinds of things that the (small) audience responded to rather than writing what I was interested in. I’m also primarily a teacher, and I prefer live teaching to working on my writing.
I write almost every day, and I’ve been cultivating a mindset of sharing what I write but keeping it focused on what I’m interested in and seeing what happens.