Anyone who writes regardless of if it’s prose, creative writing, code, a blog post, or more is familiar with writer’s block in some form or fashion. And when it comes to programming, I think some experience the same type of thing (programmer’s block, perhaps?).
Case in point: I remember when I was younger, and was learning to program, I had this insatiable desire to want to create something to use, or others would use. The problem was that I didn’t know what to try to write.
Granted, I was young at the time, and I lacked several skills that were needed to build something like that, but – as they say – I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
Now, much of my work is spent building things for others. That is, they have a problem that needs solving, and I have the desire and means by which to provide said solution.
And I love it.
There are times, though, that I still bump up against a particular problem that I wish I could solve. The only difference between now and two decades ago is that I have the means by which I can do that.
Clearly, it’s taken a while to get to that point. But the point remains: People are learning to program and want to build something, but they don’t know what to build or how to discover what to create.
It’s easy to spout off “well just scratch your itch.” But that doesn’t do much to get the creativity flowing, does it?
So in my latest article for Envato, I try to provide some practical advice on how to determine what to build when using WordPress.