Staring at the page vs. writing random things

United States
May 6, 2008 11:41pm CST
For those few ppl in the world who actually enjoy writing, I have a question for you. Which is better: getting a blank piece of paper and a pen and look at the page for a while, trying to think of things, or writing the absolute first things that comes to mind (nonsense or fact) and seeing where it goes from there? I've tried both, but I would like other opinions on the matter.
4 responses
@Adelida2233 (1008)
• United States
7 May 08
There is no way I would be able to stare at the paper and hope I have an epiphany. I tried that on high school tests and it very rarely worked then. I usually start out just jotting stuff down on the piece of paper, then once I get an idea that I like and think I can expand, I flip the paper over and have a free-thought period where I jot down everything that comes to mind. For example: Horses Dressage Show Jumping 3 Day Eventing Training Police Gold Cup Racing Triple Crown Breeding Man Of War Secretariat I could go on but you get the idea...Just write down everything that comes to mind, and don't second guess yourself. Then look at your scribbled list of items and come up with some kind of cohesive group that you can connect.
• United States
8 May 08
That's a really good idea!!! I like making nonsensical stuff into groups, so thanks!!! =)
@peavey (16588)
• United States
7 May 08
Write. Put down anything that comes to mind, whether it seems sensible or not. Sooner or later you'll see something that turns your creativity on and you'll be off and writing on something worthwhile.
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@compumom (738)
• United States
8 May 08
I talk to myself. I have a little digital recorder. Once I get through rambling on, I download it onto my computer and look to see if I said anything worth writing about.
@Sonadora (356)
• United States
7 May 08
I always just start writing whatever pops into my head and go from there. When I finally sift through all the rambling I find some of my best ideas.