The best analogy I can use to describe my process with this project and where I stand right now is an amusement park. When I first entered the project I was overwhelmed with all of the choices before me. Would I ride the tilt-a-whirl first? Maybe start slow with the ferris wheel? Or would I skip the rides and go straight for the arcade games? Once the dust had settled and my initial excitement wore off I made a clear plan of action. First I’d ride the teacups, then the tilt-a-whirl, then the demon drop, and finish with Freakout, the scariest and best ride. But then along the way I lost my shoe on one of the rides and now I don’t know where to find it. This is essentially how I feel right now about this project. I used to have a clear plan of action. I wanted to write a series of articles for the online women’s community Hello Giggles that discussed varying female related struggles. Then I found the blog site Brain Pickings and toyed with the idea of focusing on one topic and writing a more in-depth well researched blog post.
And here I am looking for my shoe…
I know I just have to start writing. First drafts are supposed to be messy and disorganized, but I’m finding it hard to even pick a topic to start on. The few I have been considering center around relationships, self image, and differences between the sexes (when it comes to dating). The more I think about it, the more I start to doubt my direction. Are my ideas original enough? I think i’m dealing with commonly talked about things, which is why how I choose to write it/what I choose to incorporate will make all the difference between blah and awesome. I think the best place for me to start is in the personal anecdote section of my re-purposing. Perhaps once I am able to recount the original source that made me want to write about these topics in the first place, my clarity will return.
Even though I came into this project with some idea of the specific issues I wanted to discuss, I think at this point it would be helpful to hear what other people remember struggling with in their lives (even if they completely stray from my original topic choices and even if you’re a boy and don’t think any of this is relevant to you, because it definitely is!). I really want to address things that are relevant to many people so please offer any feedback.