When you have a single towel and dry a car, you'll notice you find yourself twisting it in your hands. You're wringing out the water by force.
We spend the day watching and reading and listening to the ideas and thoughts of other people. Our brain is soggy and full.
The trick? Wring it out with a bunch of writing.
By taking the time to craft a story, dictate a dialog to your fingers, or formulate a thoughtful comment to somebody else, you're putting that content to work.
If you're not paying attention, and you get in the habit of wringing, you might taste a subtle satisfaction. A smirk may alight your face. The chips on the table are stacking in your favor.
Don't avoid this. Please and Thank you.
Write about something you enjoy and want others to experience: persuasively. Try to write sardonically or mysteriously.
Write to your Alice or your Bob.
You know there are ghosts in your closet that would be happy to have a voice. Give them one.
What might you say if you noticed a tooth being mixed in with your energy bar and her friends are crunching down on top of her as she screams -- "HEELLLPPP -- I 'm caught in an energy bar and have lost my footing."
Do you have the power to stop the chewing? Could you retrieve the tooth and put her back in place? Or, do you just swallow and reason, "well, I guess her time had come."
You won't know what you feel like writing until you get into it.
I look forward to starting and sometimes I look forward more to finishing.
Often, I'll check the word count and race to reach it...
and stop suddenly. Stopping on the nose.
Other times I'll enjoy the flow state I create once I'm in it.
How do you do it?
Do you type with your eyes closed and the lights off and the smell of rain coming in through the window?
Do you use blue-light blocking glasses and wring out your thoughts before bed?
How? Now you've got me curious.