I'm really struggling with #writing and #blogging, if anybody has stumbled upon an extended writing block (I assume most people who write have at some point) I'd love to read about their experiences and how they transcended that situation, incorporating writing as a healthy habit, abolishing the vicarious struggle against a blank page.
Any pointers and suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
@h I'm not much of a writer (especially starting with a blank page), and actually find editing much easier, so when I want/need to write something it helps if I start putting some things down, even if it's just a list of topics and keywords, braindumped ideas, and some small relevant tidbits copy/pasted from Wikipedia or wherever. And then I start expanding/editing those things, adding context and glue to make it flow, etc...
@h I used to write. I like to tell stories. I like to share knowledge.
When I write I don't use it as a way I tell something to someone. I'm telling something to myself. I'm reinforcing my own knowledge (and often I'm threatening it and making me think about it again).
When I consider writing something like that it helps me with the motivational part.
When I have problems with the starting point I talk with myself about the idea until I find a good way to represent it. It's like discussing.
@ekaitz_zarraga I like to share knowledge. I'm not a natural-born storyteller.
It's a handicap, i may never become a complete author, but I believe I can make up for it making a good logical case following a more methodical approach, and borrowing from my experience with visual media. I'm a lot better at using images to tell stories, I need to find out how to translate that into words on a written page.
Thanks for the tips.
@ekaitz_zarraga Interesting you bring that up.
I'm taking a look at Scapple, a twin tool of sorts made by the same guys who develop Scrivener.
Free alternatives to Scrapple may help. We'll see.
When I am struggling to finish writing something for public consumption, it helps to write something on the same topic that will be for my eyes only.
Try writing by hand on paper. Or try using a piece of software you won't use for the finished product. (I finish things in LibreOffice or Word. I often start in Emacs.)
Try getting an idea out of your head without worrying about style or grammar. Outline or use incomplete sentences.
Writing on paper has helped to some degree (for fiction, mainly), but it's also incredibly slow when you're at your maximum productivity.
I'll be trying more braindumps, but so far that has only resulted in a greater number of scattered bits, and no actual writing.
Thanks for your help anyway.
It seems as if I need an intermediate form, like a loose structure in the way @email@example.com suggested, or something that I may be exploring with Scapple (and/or its free alternatives)
@h Most of my writing is unpublished, in a single .md file. I don't consider it fit for publication; it's for personal reflection.
I recently wrote a eulogy for my grandmother, which was a different experience because of the well-defined audience. That produced a very different motivation and set of standards relative to writing a blog post or personal journal entry. I still did my usual analytical thing, but it was easier.
My guess: an anonymous audience cannot be satisfied.
@kdsch If I were to define an audience in the terms you propose, the audience wouldn't be well-served.
Some are people interested in hypermedia matters, scholars and practitioners from a broad spectrum of philosophies. Some of them are politically inclined towards the politically social libertarian side of things. A few are capitalists. Some are casual readers infatuated with the www. Some are p2p people. Some aren't.
The "segmentation" of "my market" doesn't work that way.