Write About the Person or Thing Your Mind Drifts to When You’re Supposed to be Writing

It’s happened to all of us. We’re sitting down to write. We have our coffee/tea and our outlines and our pens and computers and all the ideas are bubbling in our bellies and suddenly, the thoughts start to creep in. I have to clean the house. I have to make a doctor appointment. I have to apply to that job. My kid is driving me crazy. My cat is trying to take over my desk. If my husband had done what I asked him to do then I wouldn’t have been running late this morning. OR maybe you start to think, I should have been an olympic gymnast like my track coach told me. If only I’d learned French. I am happily married but the woman i saw on line at the deli the other day was so beautiful and I find myself wondering about her life. When will I have a vacation?

We as humans and writers are always thinking, always cooking up a story. Write about it! Take a moment off from your current project, and flex your writing muscles on something new. Journaling, or wandering on the page, is a valid form of writing. Stepping away from your main project to write something new won’t make the world collapse. You can make up the words on the novel tomorrow. Today your writer brain is asking you to take your imagination somewhere else. Cultivate a new point of view. Find your voice. See where it takes you.

Published by thegratefulpoet

I am a writer and artist living in the Pacific Northwest. I love to talk about books, writing advice, cats, tea, tarot, yoga & activism.

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