Last August when I created my site, I set a goal for myself of writing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’m proud to say no matter the conditions, I’ve kept to that schedule since day one.
When I first started writing, I had many ideas stockpiled, so a lot of those early topics came easy. Ever since, each time I think of a topic I’d like to write about, I email or text myself the idea so I don’t lose it along the way. I’ve found how frustrating it is when I don’t do that. When I have a great topic and then it just evaporates from my brain, it’s a disappointment. In rare cases, I’ve been able to recall what the topic was, but some, I’ve lost forever.
I have a bounty of strong ideas about games, and I tend to ponder often, so creating pieces hasn’t been as difficult as I’d thought it could be.
There are random days where I am stumped. I look back through my unused ideas and don’t feel terribly into any of them. But I write anyway. And those are the days I am most grateful for my persistence.
I am also fortunate enough to have lovely friends who recommend ideas to me (don’t worry guys, I am still working on some of them), which is how today’s piece came about (thanks, skiffles!).
There is never a dearth of topics of which to write. Games are coming out all the time. Tiny indie games, huge AAA games, and everything in between.
I love generally thinking about games and all aspects of them. I love examining both old and new games. I love cracking open a new game case and taking a great big whiff. I love new game smell (I could probably write an entire piece just on my fondness for new game smell).
And if it comes with a manual, all the better.
Sometimes I get just a tiny hint of a topic and I run with it. I have many Google alerts. I read game news early and often.
Yet, even with all this inspiration, I can find myself wondering the not infrequent: “What on earth am I going to write about today?”
Sometimes I force myself to start free writing just to see what comes out. This can lead to a piece, but more often than not, the writing dissolves into silliness. Or seriousness. Or something that just isn’t what I was going for. Or all of the above.
Sometimes it is kismet, and I happen upon a topic the same day I need one, and find myself learning more than I bargained for. Those are some of my favorite pieces of all.
I also find it generally easier to express myself in writing than I do verbally. I get super excited and my thoughts tumble out in a frantic jumble. I strive to be more concise. Generally.
So you see, friends, the topics come from everywhere.
A long time ago, I read a quote by Fitzgerald:
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.”
I always keep that in mind. Always. And I try my best to adhere to it.
So if anyone has any ideas for me, I’m all digital ears. Thank you to those of you who have offered up ideas. I welcome them all.
The journey is so much sweeter together. Thank you for joining me.
Sounds like you have some good friends! It was nice to enter into your brain for a little bit ;)
thank you! i do indeed have some lovely friends who offer inspiring ideas, and i’m grateful to them. :)
I stick by the first-person “journaling” of open-world games idea. Bonus points if you burn the edges of the screen to make it look aged.
both excellent ideas. how do i tea-stain a webpage?