Writing stills the mind.

Already know what it is that you are going to write, maybe you don’t have the slightest clue. You sit at your desk and click on to your writing page and  before long you are fidgeting in your seat pushing around a can of coke and a bag of chips. For the one with no idea, you sit there and wait for something to fall out of the sky. I know, because I do it too. When I go about my day and don’t give any thought as to what I will write later, I think, I will go home, pull up the chair and start pounding out words, and when it doesn’t happen. I sit and rewrite and listen intently hoping the mind will take me on a journey.

If this sounds familar, this may work for you. Anticipate by visualizing and say out loud to somebody that you will be writing when you get home. So when you sit down the words will be primed and make it easier to access like rain falling from a cloud thats too heavy to hold and all you do is poked a hole in it.

Writing conditions us over time as writers and organizes our thoughts as we apply them on paper and in a prepartory way, while we are away from our desk. It keeps our awarness current where new thoughts emerge, by learning to listen to our internal thoughts even when where busy and conversing with others. Sometimes that wonderful story idea does, comes at a very bad time. Try to write it down anyway or use key words that will help you remember. You know, you have to make some record of it before it’s gone for good. As soon as you put it off and direct your attention back to what you where doing the idea is gone that quick. Be ready because you just openned the flood gates producing other thoughts that follow. Another helpful hint. It’s when I write down my thoughts and let go of what I was thinking about that, and it’s then that I receive a new thought to write about, clearing the pathway.


About writingtonight

I am a writer living in Cincinnati, Ohio with my wife Colleen. We have two children; Noah who lives in Norwich, New York and a daughter Katie, living with her family in Alexandria, Kentucky. She has blessed us with two adorable grandchildren. I have written a memoir adventure called A Photo-Finish while living and working in Yellowstone National Park, a fantasy short story Magnolias and my latest, a potty training book It Can Happen Anywhere. I attended 2 years at Suny Morrisville College where one of my favorite authors attended and taught, John Gardner. I will always write arduously looking for the truth my characters reveal to me in their stories. Randall Johnson
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9 Responses to Writing stills the mind.

  1. The problem I generally have when writing a novel is that my brain leaps forward. So I’ll jot down the quote or paragraph that I’ve thought of, but then I have to conjure up inspiration to get to that point once I actually sit down to write. Those bridges are the most difficult things to build!

    • Hello and thank you for your reply. I wanted to wait until I knew what I really wanted to say and not just blab something meaningless. I think our brains must work alike. I bought one of those writing, software programs, but I seemed to write more without it. Recently while driving home one night from work I started thinking about some of the problems that I been having for a long time in my story. It was like I was being showed. All the pieces was already there and just a little adjustment and “viola” it pieced itself together like a puzzle. The feeling was awesome. A couple of days later walking into work, I starting thinking that from now on, I’m going to start thinking about a piece of my story that needs work and start mulling it over in my head for a few minutes and then let it go. If nothing comes to me I’ll repeat this action. I didn’t get to the elevators before my question had been answered. As for filling gaps now. Try plotting instead of writing in story form and when the feeling is right let dialogue, narrative or description take over. This is all new to me as I write this. I think I can use it too. Another idea I’m having is try and write backwards. What happens in the scene before, that your trying to connect to. If this helps you, please let me know. Thank you Randall Johnson

      • Thanks for the response! Sounds like you have a good process. I probably should have said “motivation” rather than “inspiration” is what I have to conjure up when I write those in between parts. I usually know how to get from A to B, but i would so love to be able to skip straight to point B when I want to!

  2. Ideas do go away if we don’t record them in some way. I like how transparent you are in your writing.
    Feels personal and insightful.
    Looking foward to more great things.

    • Thank you for saying that. I haven’t posted anything lately, mainly because I’m working on my novel, which I’ve put off long enough and as I write, I can imagine I’ll have more interesting things to blog about. Thanks again and keep writing and give me something to read and think about.

      • Will do sir.
        I’ve taken 2 full days to also work on a story book of sorts and it’s awesome and draining. Yes, thanks for that I will keep working every week to put out something good 😉
        Best of lucks

    • I don’t want to come across that I’m too busy to talk. Write me anytime, it was nice hearing from you.

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