The Creativity Trap and How To Break Out of It
OK. So I’ve been writing every day for the last 16 days. Some days are easier than others. But I’ve found something that’s making the whole process much more enjoyable and helping me become more productive:
Not bothering if people are reading my stuff or not.
Since I’ve begun creating content on digital platforms, I’ve been obsessed with views and clicks. It’s not good enough that content creators are sharing a piece of themselves to the general Internet public, we have to justify the effectiveness of what we create by reporting the “data”.
This writing challenge is easing me back to the good ol’ days where I’m writing because I have something to say and I don’t really care if that’s what people want to hear.
It also helps that because I’m on a daily deadline, I can’t mull and ponder over what I’ve created in the days gone past. Some of my pieces are read just ONCE but I honestly have no time to think about why that’s the case. Like running on a treadmill, you won’t see results immediately. You’ve just got to keep at it.
16 days in and here are some benefits I’m feeling:
1. It’s easier to get inspired by anything and anyone
A daily deadline means I have to keep finding stuff to write about. But it can’t be for any rubbish reason; I still need an epiphany! Instead of second-guessing myself when I think I’ve got something to work with, I just roll with the feeling and use it to connect with my thoughts and emotions.
2. I’m a lot more brutal when it comes to cutting things out of my writing
No use belaboring over a point, wasting precious real estate setting up the scene, nowadays I have no problems launching straight into the argument. I’ve become more economical in my writing.
3. My voice has returned!
Most importantly, because I’m not shamelessly flogging my writing on all my social media (the only place I do it is on my Instagram Stories) accounts, I just say what I want. These posts are public so if you stumble upon them, you read them at your own volition. I’m not leading you to them, I’m not encouraging you to read my writing … if you find yourself offended by what I’ve got to say, you can always leave.
Well, I’m going to stop here.
It’s the long-game I’m playing and I’ve no wish to burn out so fast.
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A little about the author:
My day-job is that of a CEO of an edtech startup. When I’m not working at trying to make the business succeed, I’m mum to a 4-year-old rescue dog named Toufu, and wife to a personal trainer with an insane love for ultra-marathons and Quentin Tarantino movies. I love my food so the only way I can blaze those calories is through a mixture of spinning, bootcamping, and rock-climbing. I have 7 tattoos and was chased out of an onsen in Hokkaido because the one of my shoulder looks too “yakuza”. I host a podcast on Learning called “Humanizing Learning” and you can find it on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
16 down, 47 to go