‘I have so many interests. What should I write about?’
This is a question that I am constantly asked as an editor and is seen in writing and publishing communities everywhere. If you are a multi-passionate person, that’s fantastic! So am I. But the trouble with being a multi-passionate creative person is that you just don’t know where to begin. The good news is that you’re not alone and I believe you have it in you to make great decisions and stick with them.
Something that is said in my family is; don’t ‘should’ on yourself. Make creative decisions because you want to, not because you feel that you have to. Remember to follow your heart and listen to yourself first and foremost.
Below are three quick tips that will hopefully steer you in the right direction in making creative writing decisions and help you on your journey of writing a book that you will truly love.
1. What do you like to read?
What genre interests you the most when reading a book? Is it historical fiction? Perhaps speculative fiction? Or maybe a mix of crime/thriller? Chances are that you will stick to writing about a genre or topic that you already read. You also probably already have an understanding of how the genre works and what the key elements are which will help you plan out your novel in a logical way.
2. What are you knowledgeable about and could talk about for ages?
This questions purpose is to define what you are truly passionate about and knowledgeable about. It could be that you are passionate about a particular subject such as blogging about Paris or cake decorating. Perhaps you could be fascinated with a certain period in history? Or it could be that you are really interested in animal welfare or human rights. What ever gets you going, write about it! Readers can feel passion in what they are reading. It’s something you can not fake.
3. Write it down
Write down all your passions, ideas, genres you love to read, and what you consider yourself knowledgeable or skillful about on a piece of paper and start the process of elimination. Remember, you don’t have to write just one book. I bet there are many great stories in your imagination that have a need to see the world.
I hope this has helped you in making a decision about what you would like to write about.
If you have any questions or ideas, I would absolutely love to read them. Do you have any tips on how to make creative decisions? Have you ever hit the creative brick wall? How did you overcome it?