Because of all that happened and still is happening in my life, on the writing front the past year has been very challenging for me. Where I always had a HUGE amount of ideas and I could sit down and hammer one story after the other out of my keyboard, I now really have to make an effort to write. I have ideas, but working them out takes a lot more effort, and I am sure you have seen that in my writing.
However, I always keep on writing. I have always done so. I want to keep the momentum in my blog and even if it’s difficult, I keep going. I have to. Not because anyone says I have to, but because I say so. I want to keep it going, because this is where I get my energy from: blogging.
So many times people have told me: when you start talking about your blog, your face lights up and you look so happy. Yes, this is true. I know it, because I feel the happiness filling my body, feel the energy coming alive. If I stop blogging, stop writing, I can just as well stop living. In a way my blog is the place where I can vent, where I can order my thoughts, where I can channel the creativity that will always be in me.
Even when things are difficult, I write.
Where do the ideas for your content come from?
Yes, literally everywhere. I can be in a traffic jam and see someone or something in a car next to me, and a story will start. Someone at work might make a remark which I want to turn into a story. I can sit at a bar and see or do something, and an idea for a story pops up. I am also very much inspired by my fellow bloggers. Sometimes they blog about things and I have so much to say about it, that I turn it into a blog post, rather than clutter there comments section. I find ideas in so many things, that it’s actually difficult to remember all of them.
How do you get inspiration? Who or what inspires what you post?
This questions ties in tightly with the previous one. Once I have an idea, the inspiration to write it has been sparked.
Like I said, ideas come from things I see and do but also from what I read and hear. Much of the inspiration for my posts come from things that happen in our lives. Back when we still dated other people (and we will again), I wrote about the things that happened (with consent of the involved parties). My stories are not always fiction, many times they are about actual sexual experiences.
Another thing that’s ‘inspiration’ nowadays is my own mental health and dealing with the grief of my mom’s passing and our changed life. I had doubted for quite some time whether I should write about my therapy sessions, but then just decided to do it, since one of my motto’s for my blog is: “If I can help one person out there with what I write, I am happy.”
Even though I made this decision, I still posted the question online to see what people thought about it, and I was encouraged to share my experience.
Almost all my ideas turn into inspiration and most of those turn into blog posts. I have a list of ideas I still have to work out. I think if I start at the top of the list and start writing, I might be busy for weeks before everything is written, and I might have content for my blog for months!
Of course, something else that always inspires me to write, and which Julie mentioned in her post on this subject, are memes. Memes are perfect to get ideas and inspiration from. In fact, there are so many memes to write for, that you can actually – if you have the time – post something every day of the week.
How do you decide what to share, and why?
Once I have an idea and the inspiration to write, I am ready to share. I barely ever write something and not share it.
Why I share? There are many reasons, but the two main ones are:
- I am and always have been a creative soul, as well as an exhibitionist. The combination makes me want to share… everything.
- Like I said earlier: if I can help one person out there…
Sharing is in my blood. It satisfied a need for me, one that is part of who I am. And, if sharing means I can help someone in some or other way, well then you have a happy Marie!
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