What is the thought that first comes to mind when you sit down to write? Many a time, the mind is blank, because you did not plan on writing, but you had to write something. Maybe it is for a prompt and you have only that much time to write a post and mail it before the deadline.
Maybe, you are to take part in a blogging contest or some such thing and having wasted the entire day you now have only some minutes to write and so there you are at your desk, scratching your head about what you can write!
Sometimes, thankfully, you are all ready with your topic, with a rough draft in your diary or even in your mind as to what it is that you are going to write about. In that case, kudos to you! You are a very good planner and always do your homework on time, so, here’s a pat on your back!
However, if it is the former scenario, then, I know what you are going through! A thousand ideas crowd your mind and you are at your wits’ end trying to choose the right one, the ideal one. At such times, you still are lucky – at least you have some idea floating around in your mind.
But, there are also times, when the mind is blank; you suffer from the curse of the ‘Writer’s Block’; you berate yourself in turn for being so tardy. “Why can’t I come up with a simple topic to write about?”
And, then, to fight those blues, you just decide to take a quick break and go off to Facebook, or Instagram, or some such place to hang around for a while. And, before you know it, 30 minutes of your time has flown away! You curse yourself again and come back to your blog, wringing your fingers in distress, trying your darndest to come up with something, anything, to write about.
This is exactly what happened sometime back with me. Sometime, as in a while ago, when I sat down to writing a post for tomorrow – my day of posting on my blog. I publish a post on my blog Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and more often than not, I prepare the post a day in advance, choosing the topic from a list I work on in my diary.
Yes, I am a good girl like that, but I too have days when I lag behind in doing my homework and thus fall short of time as well as ideas to write about.
So, as I said, I was blank a while ago when I wanted to write something. I left my table and went off to the kitchen to finish a few chores. I also stopped to chat with my pet parrot and click a few pictures of my colourful coffee mug ( what if I need the picture someday to post on Instagram?).
After spending a lot of time on all of the above activities, I came back to my table and fired up my laptop. Going for a ‘walk’ to one of my favourite addas (Blogadda, I mean) I found the perfect prompt for ‘Write Over the Weekend’ (WOW).
The prompt was to write a post in 30 minutes – after setting the timer – with whatever comes to the mind. No thinking, no reflecting, no pondering…nothing. Just write.
Let the fingers fly over the keyboard and see what comes up! I found it to be the perfect topic to write about, and well, here I am. With my post almost done and 17 minutes to go!
Isn’t that great?
At the risk of sounding like a braggart, I am not bad, at all! I could indeed write a decent post within 30 minutes! Thanks, of course, to the prompt, without which I would still be sitting twiddling my thumbs, scratching my head and cursing myself for not able to come up with a single idea to write, despite being a blogger for the past four years now!
So, thank you, Blogadda!
Have you tried this exercise ever? If not, then do try it out.
Set the timer for 30 minutes and write whatever comes to your mind. You will be glad you aren’t as rusty as you thought you were! And, it’s fun, too!
I completed this post in 30 minutes and I swear I did not cheat!