4 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Write Again

Writing is a job. You are responsible for creating your own career, whether you like it or not. That’s a lot of responsibility – and it’s scary.

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This is for the writers who hoped they could walk away and come back – but haven’t yet. Those who want to return to their first love – those who are determined to do whatever it takes to write again.


1. The linguistic psychology of writing

A little bit of psychology, linguistics and history come together in an effort to explore how what we write and the words we use reflect the way we think and behave. The things you write, whether you know it or not, are an honest representation of who you are and what you have experienced. Use your words to bring out the best in you, and in others.


2. Questioning the procrastination process

We all procrastinate now and then – some of us more than others. There’s something different about those of us who put things off until the last possible second, and it all happens in the brain. Understanding why procrastination happens – and how to deal with it in your creative and/or professional life – will help you to gain more control over your writing process.


3. A slave to your comfort zone

Writing is a job. You are responsible for creating your own career, whether you like it or not. That’s a lot of responsibility – and it’s scary. When you constantly say ‘no’ to every difficult thing you encounter, you are proving to all your fears that you don’t deserve to leave the Comfort Zone within which you feel safe. A career in writing is not safe. Neither is hiding from the things you are afraid of.


4. Overcoming the weight of skyrocketing expectations

If you love writing, you’re going to have to figure out how writing fits into your existence. When it is a part of you, you’re going to have to do it – whether you’ve achieved great things and are afraid to disappoint your future readers, or you’re struggling to make it and don’t know whether you should keep trying or quit altogether.


I don’t know where you are in your career, what you do for a living or what you wish you could be doing instead. But I know you want to be a writer, you want to get back to writing or you want to write something different than what you’re writing now. So do it. Write something. Why not? Why not now?


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

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