Every once in a while I write these stream-of-consciousness posts and just let my thoughts run wild. It’s this fun way to just write whatever comes to mind. With my poetry I can stare at the screen for hours trying to find the right words. With most of my anecdote posts I walk around the room thinking about how I want to tell the story of whatever happened to me that day. And other times I read everything out loud just to make sure the blog post sounds right.
I do think it’s important to think about the stuff you write, but trying to contemplate the meaning of every word can be frustrating and just results in me not writing at all. That’s why I like these exercises so much. I don’t have to worry about what I write down, I just have to get started and everything else just sort of happens. That’s why I try not to edit these posts at all. I usually just keep going until my thoughts sort of dry up. The whole point of these stream-of-consciousness posts is not pushing myself. It’s about having fun and just exploring the thoughts floating into my head. If the thoughts stop, that’s fine.
These posts are the most fun when your brain starts jumping from one subject right into the next. It doesn’t make sense to anyone, but it does to you. You start writing about the fun thing you did yesterday and before you know it you are telling a story about the butterfly that you accidentally killed as a kid (don’t worry, no animals were harmed during the writing of this post).
As writers we challenge ourselves to create stories that people will want to read. We step into the brains of our characters, but even more so into the mind of our readers. We think about writing. We think about meaning. We think about rhythm. But we never just think.
Does that make any sense?
I’m writing this post at work right now and my colleague is skyping me, which is a bit distracting, but let’s be fair I shouldn’t be writing this while at work.
Give me a second to help him. I’ll be right back.
What was I saying?
Right, writing about what I think.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, let your thoughts run wild every once in a while. Just write down your thoughts and don’t edit anything out. You might surprise yourself.