When the words won’t come

Karishma Ravalia Karishma Ravalia is a journalism student at Hallam University.
Karishma Ravalia Karishma Ravalia is a journalism student at Hallam University.
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I don’t know what to write.

Thinking of a topic for this piece was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do at a keyboard. No matter how hard I tried nothing inspired me.

Does that make me a bad writer? Will it make me a bad journalist?

I hope not.

Then it occurred to me, ‘writers block’ as it’s called might not be such an uncommon feeling in the world of journalism and writing.

So why don’t I give you a little insight into that.

It seems like the easiest thing in the world to do. Write freely about anything? What could be easier?

But when it comes down to it, it’s a lot harder than you think.

I always have the audience, you, in the back of my mind; whether it’s appropriate for you, interesting for you, whether you’ll read it or not.

I find the best way to overcome it is to ask others around you for help.

That’s how this idea came about. I had no idea where to even begin and a friend suggested putting that down in writing.

Other people will more than likely give you ideas about what they want to read.

Taking some time out is the next best thing, if you’ve got the time that is.

If you’ve got a next day deadline that might not work but for a later deadline, perfect.

Reading other people’s work helps build inspiration for your own work. I guess you can apply that to loads of situations.

Writing this has made me wonder what others might do in this situation. Imagine if Shakespeare couldn’t write his plays? He’d probably sit there mulling over lines, thinking of quotes to fit the situation.

Maya Angelou, an author, said, ‘I write the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat…’

Maya might be trying to say that starting simple means the brain begins to think and wants to write more.

Does it still make you a bad journalist though if you don’t know what to write?

A journalist should be able to come up with ideas on the spot.

Really? Well sometimes it takes time.

Your ideas will come when they come...