Writing about everything

Published on Sep 2, 2020

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” E.M. Forster 

Writing for me is a way to put my thought out of my head and see them. I'm trying to maintain the habit and write every day. Notetaking, journaling and CoWriters help. But sometimes it's hard to pick a topic to write about. People suggest writing about topics you know well but I find it's boring. I do things I know well most of the day and when I sit writing I want something orthogonal. I want a challenge.

It becomes from just putting stuff out of your head to exploring new topics and learning. In my notes, I have the #question hashtag. It helps me to navigate through things I didn't have information about or didn't want to distract myself to fill it immediately. When I don't have a topic to write about, I pick one of the #question-s and start answering it. 

This Q&A process has multiple benefits. First, it allows you to focus on a current problem. Second, it works as a to-do list. Third, I always have something to write about. If I don't have an answer in my head, I google for it. After skimming a few articles and taking notes, the answer emerges and I can start writing. 

Another strategy is creating empty notes. On CoWriters, I have a few blank pages that have only the name. Sometimes, after finishing my writing session, I create a blank note for tomorrow.  So the next day you always have something to write about. Once you start, half of the job is done.