What Challenges Me As a Writer and Why I Will Always Write

Paula Bramante, PhD
Apr 13 · 10 min read
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Creative Ideas From Paula Bramante

Just a few days ago, Illumination Founder, Cognitive Scientist, and writing coach extraordinaire Dr. Mehmet Yildiz challenged writers on this platform to share their struggles and achievements related to writing. After a month of feeling blocked and scattered in my writing, Dr. Yildiz’s invitation gave me the push needed to wake up and start writing again. I am grateful for the challenge as well as the suggested outline for organizing the story.

Finding New Ways to Envision Audience and Purpose in Writing

I tend to over-think topics. This tendency blossomed in college and graduate programs where professors rewarded students for turgid academic writing on highly specialized topics. In all those classes, the days and weeks I spent crafting a research paper were only ever for an audience of one: the professor. Writing under these circumstances frequently demotivated and fatigued me, but grades and degrees were the carrots dangling at the end of the stick.

What do I want as a writer?

I now write to connect with readers and contribute what is mine to give. My purpose is to stimulate readers’ thinking about the topics I cover in an entertaining and informative way. My hope is for readers to feel the pleasure and thrill of their ideas, new or remembered, as a result of reading my stories.

My Top Five Stories

Checking out my stats was a useful exercise for me. As a retired academic, perennial artist, dreamer, and explorer, writing is more of a lifestyle choice than a career for me. I did not want to be influenced by public opinion before tuning in to my still-small voice and getting clear on my goals for this new phase of my writing life. Since starting to write for Medium in December, I had glanced at my stats once or twice and had never used the “view all stats” feature. That said, finally having a closer look was interesting.

Stories in Need of Love (= more reads)

There are two of these, as follows.

Works in Progress

I have a few topics in mind and rough drafts in the early stages. Here is a list of what I am working on:

Why I Will Always Write

Through all the changes of my life, writing is the one activity that has held an unwavering presence in my day-to-day reality. I write because it helps me to self-regulate mentally and emotionally in a way that no other activity does. I’ve done it for academic degrees and self-guided therapy, and now I’m learning to do it as a way of connecting with other people, sharing my knowledge and experience, and leaving something for my friends and family to have when I am no longer here.

Many Thanks to the Writers I Read on Medium

I never miss an article by Barack Obama. I have also enjoyed reading articles by Sebastian Purcell, Holly Kellums, K. Barrett, Tree Langdon, Dew Langrial, Vishnu*s Virtues, Joseph M. Learned, Melinda Blau, Jay Toran, and Mehmet Yildiz. The list is still growing. I am still learning what it means to be a member of a community of writers. From what I have discovered so far, it’s pretty amazing.

One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.

Here’s to giving it all I’ve got. Wish me luck.

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Paula is a writer and researcher specializing in mindful living, art, psychology, and other topics.

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Paula Bramante, PhD

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Paula is a writer and researcher specializing in mindful living, art, psychology, and other topics.

ILLUMINATION

We curate and disseminate outstanding articles from diverse domains and disciplines to create fusion and synergy.

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