Feb 14, 2019 22:59:53

Cheating the writing slump

by @jasonleow | 242 words | 110🔥 | 110💌

Jason Leow

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I think since I recognise and accept that I am in a writing slump, I am not going to fight it and just go with it. But how does one keep writing everyday despite a slump? By cheating


Consider this the second post of a series of posts to cheat your slump and keep your streak. The first cheat post was yesterday, about writing about not knowing what to write. How the cheat works is that instead of writing about the chosen topic of the day - whatever that topic might be - you go meta and comment (positively or negatively) about the act of writing the topic (or not writing it). 


Confused? Good. That is the whole point hahaha!


@lucjah commented that this is content versus process. Content being the "what", the topic, and process refers to the "why" or "how". A great analysis that brings method to the madness, because now I can use it as a cheat! Whereas before, I was just improvising on the spot because I did not know what to write! There was no method. Just madness. 


So.... Don't know what to write? Writer's block? Write about not knowing what to write. Or look through the main 200wad feed, choose a random topic, and comment on not knowing what to write about the topic. Share your pain and frustration with the world. Rinse and repeat. 


And there. I just cheated again today. 242 words hahaha!

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    @jasonleow I LOVE your process! i so hope the general uninspired-ness will not leave you too soon. So many new really unexpected beautiful things may rise from there!
    (but.. being on the same plane and not the "meta plane" (which can be a bit "smart assy" can't it?) I very often feel the need to "give feedback" (I do prefer the word comment i must admit) and sometimes it grows into a chunky "reply". Mostly it happens when i actually disagree, or want to "resonate", respond to the post theme with my own melody. What do you think about that?)

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 15, 2019 14:08:49
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      @lucjah "i so hope the general uninspired-ness will not leave you too soon. So many new really unexpected beautiful things may rise from there!" - love this! Thanks for saying it, and reframing what most deem as a bad thing, into a beautiful opportunity. I'm like, inspired now, by having a slump. hahaha.

      Not sure what to think about your second point. I guess it's good anyhow since you're writing more

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 15, 2019 21:19:58
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      @jasonleow <<inspired now, by having a slump>> hahaha LOVE THAT!
      (I just shared the way i write my posts without my inner conscious inspiration. The inspiration comes as a response to what i read here, and the "reply" option makes it possible to use that impulse to not just interact but also to have a post done)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 15, 2019 14:39:42
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    @jasonleow haha. It seems a lot of people experiencing this on they don't' know what to write about. Even though they have a lot of list of topics.

    It was kinda connected to my initial web app idea to create something similar to generic writing prompts, but the topics will be randomly selected in your own list and not just in the generic list

    Christopher Deuda avatar Christopher Deuda | Feb 14, 2019 23:35:08
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      @christopherdeuda hmmm tbh I’m not sure if my slump will be cured if someone passed me a list of 100 interesting topics to write about or helped me choose from my own list. It’s not really about lack of topics for me, but a ‘feeling’...of general uninspired-ness. Hahah I can’t even describe it properly

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 14, 2019 23:40:23
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      @jasonleow I see, I'm not sure as well if that list will help. haha.

      I guess it's more on inspirations and motivations. Other ideas are more gamification for writing.

      How I wish we could apply the same sentiments("‘feeling’...of general uninspired-ness") in browsing social media ( Like at some point you don't have any motivation to check your social media).

      Christopher Deuda avatar Christopher Deuda | Feb 15, 2019 00:08:02
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      @christopherdeuda haha because with writing it actually takes some work but with social media is so easy to browse mindlessly. But then again, what would writing mindlessly look like? 😱

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 15, 2019 21:12:38
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      @jasonleow agree it requires work in writing.

      Interesting questions. From the descriptions of mindless "Giving or showing little attention or care", I think we've already experienced the mindless writing like just typing whatever comes to your mind without the clear intentions on what you are trying to say. Just spitting out words for the sake of reaching the minimum words. Not trying to impress your readers.

      Christopher Deuda avatar Christopher Deuda | Feb 15, 2019 23:04:17
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