Just Do It - You Don't Need A Reason

United States
January 1, 2008 12:59pm CST
I like to keep my writing fresh and relatively easy. One of the things I do frequently, especially when I can't seem to develope a notable topic, is to just start writing. Whatever comes to my mind, at random, I begin to write. It's almost as if my mind makes a direct link to my fingertips as the thoughts stream from stroke to stroke, typing as fast as I can think. Writing whatever comes to mind goes something like this, which is only a description of how this day began. As the sun peeked through the insulated curtains just above my head, I realized it was morning. My mind began to wake from another Benadryl induced sleep. The thoughts started their parade through my head even before I could open my eyes. Routine took over as I yawned and stretched to the reality of the first new day of this year. With more inthusiasm than desire, my morning routine went into automatic as I made my way to the bathroom, then the kitchen, then back to bed to cuddle up with my husband of 30 years, then back up again a few minutes later to prepare a quick breakfast before the real day began to unfold. Dishes now cleaned and put back into their nesting place, bed made and the floors cleaned, the dog fed and hubby finally on the golf course, I retreat to my space where I find my thoughts resting, waiting for me to put thought to paper, to keep things new and fresh. Writing exercise now over, I can move on to bigger and better fish to fry. You don't need anything to write about. Just do it. It might not sound good and it might not be anything anyone else wants to read. It's just an exercise to keep your mind focused on writing. Now you write what's on your mind.
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@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
1 Jan 08
What a great outlook!
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• United States
1 Jan 08
Thanks Kelly. I should have checked spelling first.
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• United States
1 Jan 08
you are such an inspiration my dear. thank you for posting this. made me realize that writing is what has calmed me down in the past, that it would make me feel better now, and that i need to get back to it. no matter what it is i write!
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• United States
2 Jan 08
I've kept journals all of my life in one form or another. I have boxes full. Scraps of paper, volumns of notebooks and more, all things I've just jotted down - some for a specific reason, some for no reason at all. Writing has always been one of my best friends. I can say (write) whatever I want, talk about what ever is on my mind, rhyme or not and it just allows me to be who I am. It has kept me calm and sane throughout the years. (I think).....LOL It doesn't matter what we write. It doesn't even matter if anyone ever reads it, although much of it would certainly make very interesting reading. What matters is, that we just do it - to keep our sanity.
• United States
2 Jan 08
That's what I do when I need to express myself or need inspiration for a new piece. Someone's pounding on the neighbor's door, but instead of noise I hear the beating of African Drums. I move to the beat as I allow the rhythm to take over me and soothe my mind. I need to relax some more, clear my soul from the negatives and discouragements of life. So I envision myself on a dance floor swaying left and swaying right. As the drumming gets stronger so does my movements and the expressions of my body brining me closer to tranquility. The drumming subsides and then comes to an end, but by then...I have reached ultimate serenity. Be blessed and always productive!
• United States
2 Jan 08
I was right there with you purposedriven, waiting for you to open the door. How cool was that? I love your piece. Write some more and keep it up. You're very good.
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• United States
2 Jan 08
Thanks a bunch. You write well yourself. For a very long time I have kept my writings to myself; refused to express my feelings because of the types of people I had in my life. But that was many years ago, and I have realized that writing is just another way for me to eliminate all bad and to simply be me...the person I was truly meant to be. Thanks for the comment...continue to be an inspiration and always be blessed.
• United States
2 Jan 08
Would that it were so simple. I've got a tandem story I'm working on with a friend. It's been my turn for about 4 months now... I've got a few stories that have been waiting a long time to get written. They're still waiting... So are my dishes still waiting to be washed, and I only pull the vacuum out in dire emergencies. But I'm sure gettin' a lot of comments, responses, etc., written... that very few mylotters are interested in reading.
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• United States
2 Jan 08
It's as simple as you make it zigzag. Or maybe I should say, it's as simple as you want it to be. The rest of that stuff will be there waiting for you when you get to it. On the other hand, if you got it out of the way, it would't be there staring you in the face. LOL I like reading your discussions and comments. Keep 'em coming and stay out of that 'fridge. LOL
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• United States
2 Jan 08
I've tried both ways and to tell you the truth I'm very sick and tired of everything being such a struggle. I'm trying a new approach now, I'm no longer going to struggle. "Resistance is futile - step away from the vehicle and put your hands in the air". I really just want all of me to be going in the same direction, I don't even care what that direction is, as long as ALL of me is going there.
• United States
3 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing, Terri. It's an excellent way of keeping the pen full of ink, so to speak -- and let the words pour out. That's another reason MyLot is good -- as a sounding board for your writings and thoughts.
• United States
3 Jan 08
You're welcome joyce. That old saying,"The pen is mightier than the sword" seems to work for me too. Just keep writing.
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
2 Jan 08
You are a very good writer. This actually sounds like a beginning of a good novel. In my mind I could see the sun peeking through the small fold in the curtain and making a streak of light fall across my floor. You have awaken my imagination with your written words. Thanks for a good start on a cold morning
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• United States
2 Jan 08
A good start to any morning Kowgirl. Thanks for the encouragement. (Hey I spelled it right). We all have the words in us. It just depends on where we want to go, or take the reader. Come along my dear and we shall see, What there is for you and me............
@34momma (13895)
• United States
1 Jan 08
when i was younger i use to write all the time. i think i am going to start doing it again. thanks for reminding me how much i love to write and i am going to start doing it again. i use to keep a journal. I got a new one this year as a gift and i am so happy because i am going to start keep one again. Happy New Year to you and your husband
• United States
2 Jan 08
Keep your journal right next to the new list of things to do. One will increase the other. Happy New Year to you and yours too.
@raenie (706)
• Philippines
2 Jan 08
Oh wow--reading this discussion just made me realize that mylot definitely has talented writers!! I can't help but to invite you all to this wonderful online community site for writers---http://www.onestopwriteshop.com & share your talent in writing there--to add more to the talented writers over there =) OSWS is such a wonderful site for writers & you can also join their contests, forums & share your work & have them critiqued too =) do pm me if you decide to join =) thanks! & yup--definitely keep the ink flowing & share your wonderful writing to more! =)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I just joined the Onestopwriteshop as a free membership. Gave your name "raenie" as my referral.
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@raenie (706)
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
Thanks for joining Joyce =) I sure do hope that you'll learn a lot from the site & at the same time meet great writers such as yourself =)
@EelKat (100)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I do the same. My poor computer has over 2,000 articles stored in in as a result. Most of them aren't worth pubishing, but once in a while I'll find an assignment that I need, and I'll have it half started already, from something I'd written months ago. I try to write something every day, even if it's just a random rant.
@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
7 Jan 08
This idea is so brilliantly simple I wonder how I hadn't thought of it before. I can't count the number of times I've sat down fully intending to write something only to be shut down immediately by a fresh sheet of paper. I'll have to give this a shot sometime soon.