I’ve been dealing with some annoying writer’s block lately. I am writing here and there, but nothing has gone anywhere. I’ve started a few projects that I quickly abandoned, and I have a longer piece that I’ll probably go back to at some point. At the moment, though, I feel like I’m out of ideas.
So this week I decided to try free writing. I wanted to see if I could shake any ideas loose from my brain. As soon as I wake up in the morning, I’ve been writing for 45 minutes to an hour, taking down whatever comes to mind. And wow, it’s amazing how deep you can get when you’re not censoring yourself! I’m very excited to turn the ideas I came up with into essays. Here are some of them (frequency noted in parentheses; keep in mind this is from 5 writing sessions):
How interesting it is that hyphens are falling out of favor (2): Even for adjectives! This is fascinating! Chicago now recommends “late twentieth-century developments” instead of “late-twentieth-century developments.” I could talk about hyphens all day.
A list of stuff that’s on my desk (2): Mostly piles of grown-up stuff that I should go through but won’t.
The Kennedys, superiority of Bobby to John (2): He could have fixed everything!
Deep Space Nine (4): Not counting the times I mentioned Weyoun the cat.
Breakfast, variations on and excitement for (4): Will I slice a banana into my oatmeal? Or will I have an orange on the side instead? Who can say?
Coffee (5): Sometimes I have regular milk. Sometimes I have almond milk.
How glad I am not to be teaching anymore (8): It is very pleasant to get ready for work in the morning and not feel like I can’t breathe or am going to throw up. Highly recommended.
Feeling old and tired all the time (10): I hurt my back shoveling snow this week, then exacerbated it picking up a heavy trash bag. Google searches for “exercises to strengthen lower back” followed. Most of the models were in their seventies.
Having nothing to write about (11): If I could say something to expand on this point, I wouldn’t be in this situation, would I?
Angela and Weyoun (16): Look at their little faces!
Tennis (22): Why does no one appreciate Novak Djokovic? He’s been the best male player for five years! Five years, people! Roger me no Rogers.