When You Find Your Creativity Flagging Diverge From the Norm

The dangers of niche writing

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“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

We stuff ourselves into these tiny boxes that we may never escape from because, at some point in our career or hobby, someone told us that we were good at humour or how-to or erotic space fiction, so now we must run with it.

Those are the stories of life under the pen (or keyboard) that I love to hear.

These stories we show to the world are more than just info-tips and tutorials. As writers, our words are our love language. We really do bleed through our fingertips and often drop our souls onto the page.

As creators, we must be careful not to place our value as human beings on the same rung of the ladder as our stats page.

This is why experimenting with new ideas, new mediums, new techniques, and new genres is crucial for our growth and development as writers. Writing a second-person POV story about the life and times of a dog-man who was genetically mutated by a freak bubble gum factory explosion may not be the most lucrative endeavour. But I bet it would be fun! And also, if you write that story, please send it to me immediately because I would very much like to read it.

We sometimes need to trick our writer’s brain into creativity again.

A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to write an audio play. I don’t really know much about playwriting, but I love listening to audio plays on my Audible app. I brainstormed a great plotline, did some character development and spent a lot of time googling how to write a play.

Mother, writer, user of too many hashtags.

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