Let’s play a game and change the name. Instead of saying I’m going to sit down to write, say I’m going to sit here for awhile and let my imagination run. I’m going to daydream or muse or whatever you want to call it. While I’m sitting here, I might pick up a pen or turn on my computer and simply capture my thoughts as they occur to me.
We stiffen up when we think or say the word writing because writing has all these rules. Can’t make a mistake, must be grammatically correct and so on. Horse hockey. I’m not writing, I’m simply musing, remembering, drifting, and while I’m at it, capturing my fleeting thoughts. I’ll organize (or toss some) later.
Yes, that’s important. Capturing thoughts for later. I’m not writing now, I’ll do that formal stuff later. Right now, at this moment I’m just spilling my ideas without a care in the world.
Now that’s liberating. I might record something silly. So what? I might make a mistake or two. Really? How can you make mistakes when all you’re doing is capturing. It’s like filling up the bathtub. Turn on the water and let it flow.
Turn the tap on your thoughts and ideas and let them flow. Instead of scaring yourself with the task of writing an article, just start typing or writing longhand. You’re not writing an article, you’re simply thinking about a topic and capturing your thoughts as they occur to you.
Relax and allow your thoughts free rein. When you sit down to “write” you have a certain outcome in mind — an article, finish the next chapter in your book, a report, and so on. When you sit down next time, don’t write anything. Instead remember and capture your ideas without concerning yourself about outcomes.
The focus on outcome changes the way we think and act. I’m writing therefore I must do this and this and this and this or I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Can you see your stern English teacher looking over your shoulder? Just tell her to go away for awhile. Tell her that you’re not writing, you’re simply musing. Maybe she’ll leave you alone with your thoughts. Watch what happens next. You’ll be amazed.
PS I didn’t “write” this post, it evolved out of my musing. I switched my NEO on and began typing ideas that were drifting through my mind. I astonished myself. I uploaded the file to my editor on my main system. I dumped the first two paragraphs and tweaked a few things here and there. I had no intention of writing an article when I picked up up my NEO, it just happened.
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