Login Welcome to Andrew J McKiernan
Tuesday, February 21 2017 @ 07:26 AM EST

Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.

Shouldn't you be writing? Maybe you should be. Or maybe, the words aren't coming today and you can't bear another moment staring at a blank page. You need a break from torturing yourself. You need to find creative ideas elsewhere, maybe some reassurance from others? Maybe your best writing time is at night not day, or day not night, or maybe you're on your lunchbreak? Perhaps you're one of those disciplined people who can avoid the lure of social media, and this is the only short break you allow yourself between writing chapters.

Whatever way you look at it, the last thing you want to see in those moments is someone else thinking they're being inspirational, when in fact all they're doing is making people feel guilty and anxious about not doing what *they* think you should be doing.

 

Writing isn't like that, at least not for everybody. For some, discipline is the key. Wake up, sit at the keyboard, minimum 1,000 words before your second coffee is done. Rinse, repeat. 10,000 words by the end of the day. And don't worry about the quality; you can always fix it in second draft.

 

I'd love to be able to work like that, but it's just not for me. I've tried, and I just end up anxious, because somedays I just can't produce. And that leads me into a spiral of questioning and doubting myself. I start focussing on "why am I not writing!?" instead of my usual method of just letting the story grow organically in my mind. If I can dispense with all that worry about daily word counts, I find that the story is more willing to show itself. The words come whenever they do, and often in great quantities.

 

I'm one of those people whose creative mind baulks at any suggestion of you *must* do THIS. Tell me that I have to produce an illustration by 3pm tomorrow, and I'll be more inclined to pick up my guitar and write a song, or those words I've been looking for all week will suddenly spring forth like a gushing oil well. But you know what? By the time I've finished with my guitar, or the words and story have run out, I'll find that illustration there in the back of my mind, fully formed and ready to make the leap into reality.

 

Whenever I'm stuck on one thing, I shift my creative focus to some other discipline, and that frees up whatever was blocking me.

 

Creativity is a fickle thing, and I think we all have our methods for coaxing our Muse out of hiding. Long showers, long walks, exercise workouts, tv binges, talking it out with others. Some don't coax their Muse, but drag her kicking and screaming each day to their writing desk. All good, whatever works. But my method may not be the same as yours.

 

So, when I'm on FB, or Twitter, or Tumblr, it's not always because I'm a lazy, undisciplined slob. Not always. A lot of the time it is because I'm a bit lost with my writing. I'm frustrated and looking for something social that will help free my mind a little, help me relax, let me laugh at a cat pic or two. Only then will the words come.

 

Which brings me back to those "SHOULDN'T YOU BE WRITING?" memes. They don't help me, and I'm sure there are many others who feel this too. All they do is remind me that YES I SHOULD BE FUCKING WRITING BUT MY BRAIN JUST ISN'T COOPERATING TODAY!

 

To be honest, they make me feel a little bit shit about myself.

 

So, all I ask is, before you post those memes, have a think about *why* you're posting it, and *for whom*? Is it meant to be Inspirational, because it is a rather passive aggressive message if it is. Is it for someone in particular? Someone who has asked you to kick their writerly butt every day or two? If so, tag them, so others don't see it as a blanket guilt trip on every writer who isn't currently writing.

 

But mainly, before you post a meme telling others what they should be doing, maybe you should ask yourself, "SHOULDN'T YOU BE WRITING?"

 

 

Trackback

Trackback URL for this entry: http://www.andrewmckiernan.com/trackback.php/20151108111024953

No trackback comments for this entry.

10 comments

The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Authored by: popcorn time for pc on Friday, January 27 2017 @ 06:10 PM EST download popcorn time for pc
Entertainment always takes a special place in the whole app world. Here is another app meant for entertainment called “Popcorn Time” which is unique among all the other related apps. download popcorn time for pc
Authored by: Anonymous User on Monday, January 30 2017 @ 09:21 PM EST Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.
In response top your question, it would please you to know that we actually do write a lot most of the time. Our main area of writing is in last minute assignment help
Authored by: Anonymous User on Wednesday, February 01 2017 @ 08:49 PM EST Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.
Many thanks to Mr. Andrew J Mckiernan for share this amazing instruction with us but I really get some authentic ideas to understand the social media pressure and creativity. It is good chance to get our paper writing service which is really an easy way to find out some best materials to complete assignment work.
Authored by: Anonymous User on Saturday, February 04 2017 @ 09:20 PM EST programming laptops for students
Wow! this post is really amazing and I appreciate the work For Our guide to the best laptops for college please visit our website programming laptops for students
Authored by: gmail account on Tuesday, February 07 2017 @ 03:59 PM EST https://gmaillogins.online/
Gmail is a web-based email account provider owned by Google Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a Gmail account. https://gmaillogins.online/
Authored by: Anonymous User on Wednesday, February 08 2017 @ 06:27 PM EST Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.
With all the accessible gadgets nowadays, people are more inclined in surfing the web than writing. Passionate writers need to concentrate more on their goals, just like how Customwritings.com rating experts do their work on a daily basis.
Authored by: WatsonZion on Wednesday, February 08 2017 @ 06:54 PM EST Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.
Accordingly best your question, it would satisfy you to realize that we really do compose a ton more often than not. With all the open contraptions these days, individuals are more Thesis Consulting disposed in surfing the web than composing. Enthusiastic authors need to focus more on their objectives, much the same as how specialists do their function once a day.
Authored by: Anonymous User on Friday, February 10 2017 @ 12:46 AM EST Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.
Social media become the largest group which all people connected each others and share their knowledge, experience but I take some valuable instruction from this article page. I thank you to Andrew for share their thoughts, emotions with us but student can get this top essay writing services reviews and manage all kind of their task.
Authored by: Anonymous User on Wednesday, February 15 2017 @ 07:07 PM EST Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.
Lots of people eat meat according to their taste. If I talk about the American and European people they prefer to eat Bacon meat. Because it is very tasty and gives power to our body, so it is the perfect meat to your bodies. We are providing superior essay writing service which is easy to manage all kind of task.
Authored by: Anonymous User on Wednesday, February 15 2017 @ 07:58 PM EST download popcorn time for pc
Lots of people eat meat according to their taste. If I talk about the American and European people they prefer to eat Bacon meat. Because it is very tasty and gives power to our body, so it is the perfect meat to your bodies. We are providing dissertation assistance service which is easy to manage all kind of task.