If You Want to Enjoy Writing, Your Content Shouldn’t Feel Forced

Jordan Mendiola

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Have you ever hit a point where your writing feels like you’re lost in the woods and unsure which direction to go?

That’s me right now. I’ve cranked out more than 450 articles and published them somewhere on the internet. Life is a long game and there’s so much to write about, but I’ve been hitting a major block lately.

The most productive in writing I’ve ever been was during my deployment overseas. I was writing 4–5 articles a day that I thoroughly enjoyed doing.

Coming up with new ideas was as trivial as drinking a glass of water. I knew what I wanted to write about without putting too much thought into it.

Have I exhausted everything I have to say? It’s a shitty feeling to feel like I’m forcing the things I write about just to produce content and stay active.

We May Need More Inspiration from Different Places We Aren’t Currently Looking

During my time overseas I was always busy with work, thinking about life back home, and reflecting on my life as a whole.

Ideas came easy because writing was my escape back to a different time of my life. It helped me take my mind away from all the stress and chaos that comes with deployment.

There are three things I do for more inspiration:

  1. Think about what’s going on in my life and turn it into content.
  2. Watch motivational videos and make the most of them.
  3. Look at my surroundings and pick something that reminds me of an experience worth sharing.

With Covid and everything going on still, now is one of the hardest times to be a creator. Most of the personal experiences I share nowadays are from a past time before the world seemed to close down.

Making excuses gets us nowhere, so we need to strap up our bootlaces and seek out inspiration.

Write About The Things You Like

With one year of writing experience under my belt, I stopped taking the approach of trying to appeal to one specific audience. Writing isn’t and has never been my primary source of income.

When all the pressure is on you to be a creator who cranks out consistent content, things can get complicated.

Instead of forcing an article on why you should workout in the morning, I have recently written about video games I enjoy playing, how I’m participating in March Madness, and how I miss Kobe Bryant.

All of these recent topics are so different from one another, yet that’s when I’ve been in the most writing flow in a long time. Instead of focusing on what you can do for other people 24/7, focus on what you can do for yourself.

In my situation, writing for myself has served as a much more therapeutic experience of releasing something into the world I genuinely wanted to write.

If you’re not a self-improvement guru, don’t force it. If you don’t write for a living, don’t pretend to have it all figured out.

Treat it Like a Journal, But Write Like You’re Having a Conversation With a Friend

From everything I’ve researched online, no one cares about you, the writer. A lot of the time, people read you because of your rich, valuable content inside.

It’s really easy to tell which of my articles are forced and which ones come from the heart — where every keystroke was done with conviction and pure focus.

Rant how you want, reminisce in any way possible and offer guidance when necessary. I try not to make it all about myself and instead write as though I’m being interviewed by a friend who’s asking for my side of the story.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been writing. What matters is that you enjoy doing it. There’s no better way to treat writing than as a hobby or passion.

Once you can treat writing like a journal, but find a way to make it universal, writing gets a whole lot better.

Takeaway

I want to enjoy writing for the rest of my life.

Earning some side income on Newsbreak and Medium is a rewarding feeling, but it’s not my end-all-be-all. If you’re looking to play the long game of writing online, it has to come from the heart.

Once you treat writing like a job, then it’s too late.

Let writing be your sense of freedom.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com 08.18.20 ?

Chicago, IL
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