Here's a scary thought: You don't really know what's hiding inside your brain.
I sat down today not knowing what to write about. Only that I wanted to write something. And here I am. The thing is, MOST days when I sit down to write, I have no idea what's going to happen before my fingers start hitting the keyboard.
But this doesn't have to be a frustrating thing.
Think of it as a process of DISCOVERY. Of adventure and exploration. You're going into the jungle of your neural pathways with a machete, trying to hack your way through the brambles and uncover something... real.
It's there, it's hiding. You have to dig it up.
For me, writing is self-discovery. I don't know what's hiding in my brain. Ten minutes ago I had no idea I was about to write a sentence like this one.
I don't even know what my opinions are about a lot of things until I attempt to express it.
Expression is one of your core functions as a human being, and if you don't do it a lot, you'll stagnate. You'll clog up the pipes. Your brain will grow sluggish. Like a rusty old machine barely puttering along. I know, it doesn't feel like it, but that's because rusty, old machinery is all you're familiar with.
Guess what. Your brain probably didn't "feel" the same when you were six years old, running around with sticks in the woods fighting the forces of evil.
You had more fun then, and your brain was alive - exploring the world.
You can reignite that sense of adventure. You have vast underground caves hidden inside your brain. They're filled with all sorts of good ideas and insights and wisdom.
But then you watch cat videos on Youtube and further block them out.
This is why writers are warriors. It's a harsh world. And at the same time, intimate, since you're getting to know yourself better with every word. Writers are warriors because every day they head deeper into the jungle, fighting the overwhelming and rapidly re-growing vegetation.
I advocate writing a lot. Writing is the clearest form of self-expression, mostly because you can see it. It leaves a mark, unlike speaking, where your words disappear after you say them. You can edit and clarify your sentences, which means you're clarifying your thoughts, which means you're clarifying your thinking.
If you hate writing, start with a sentence a day. Or something. Keep a victory journal, where at the end of the day you write a paragraph on what you did that was awesome today. (This is a GREAT idea, by the way, for a lot of reasons.)
Anyway. This was fun. Let's do it again some time.