One of the hardest things for a writer to do is to determine what is true for them. Most writers, at least not in the beginning of their careers, don’t know what is right for them. Writers tend to talk themselves out of things on the dime. They say, I think I want to write about this, but maybe I don’t really want to. This can be so frustrating.
The good news is that there are ways for writers to decide what is true for them. It does take a bit of self-exploration. But this can be a very rewarding thing for writers to do. It can be a time when they deepen their faith in themselves and gain a lot of self-knowledge as a result.
One of the worse things that we can do to ourselves is to be torn between two projects. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to ensure that you really know what is true for you.
• What does your gut say about a particular project? Usually your gut gives you a lot of information. However, you have to take the time to listen to your gut. To do that, you may have to remove yourselves from all the noise and voices from others. This will really help you to truly listen to your own voice.
• Is this a project that I am interested in? Determine if you have the expertise to write about a particular topic or if you would be interested enough in a topic to do some research. If you’re not interested in a topic, please don’t pursue it because you will probably not be successful.
• What price will I pay to complete the project? Am I willing to spend hours, days, weeks, and months pursuing this project? Every project requires an investment of time, focus and energy. We have to be willing to put in this time and energy in order to get the project done. Otherwise, we will probably lose interest in the project and never complete it. How does your gut react to the cost?
By following your inner voice, intuition or gut, you will be able to determine which project is right for you. But you will also get to know yourself better as well. So, it can be a win-win.
Irene S. Roth
Freelance Writer, Author, and Editor