This is my seventh note for #writual, a challenge to write a 250-word note each weekday in April. What usually happens is I write stream-of-consciousness for a while and a theme or moral emerges. For some reason, a personal story comes out. I’ve noticed that these personal stories make good openers. They attract attention, introduce a topic, and provide an opportunity for dramatic tension.
It’s been easier than I thought it would be. Today was the first day I actually had trouble coming up with a topic. I have a short running list of topics, and I started to write about one and it felt like every line was a cliche. I switched to another topic, but it felt insipid. I spent some time thinking of a third topic, but everything felt meh. So I decided to write about my experiences so far with #writual rather than try to force something.
What have I gotten out of #writual? It’s easier than I expected. The weekend felt weird without it. I can get a point across in not that many words. I like the editing process, it’s interesting to move things around like legos. Writing actually makes my thoughts about the subject evolve. Things become clearer. Stream of consciousness works! I have a lot of random thoughts, it’s easier to get everything down and then edit stuff out. I’m going to cut down anyway so I might as well get as many ideas as possible out.