Did you ever sit down at the computer, or with a pen and paper with no idea what you were going to write and then the piece just writes itself? I have! I used to think this was a cliché but it's not! It does really happen.
The first time it happened to me was just after finishing the a-z blogging challenge. Because I started the challenge late, I finished with about 10 days of May left to go. I had June's theme all planned and knew roughly what would be happening when, but I suddenly realised I had no idea what I was going to do to bridge the gap.
I opened up a "new post" page and sat staring at it for a long time, and watching the clock tick down to the time the post I hadn't even started yet was due to go live! I remembered reading somewhere that when this happens just write something. Anything. So I did.
I wrote the sentence that kept going round in my mind with the intention of deleting it again straight away. The sentence was "Why am I sitting here at midnight with a new post due to go live and no post written?"
Instead of deleting it, I then wrote the answers to the question and before I knew it, words were flowing and May's Mini Theme was born! I was going to remove the first part, but in the end I left it in, because I thought it added a little something. If you want to read the post I'm talking about, it's here: http://myrandommusings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/mays-mini-theme.html
The second time was really weird. I had written a short story (which you can read here: http://myrandommusings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/done-deal-part-one-beginning.html) and it had been suggested to me that I should do a follow up to it.
I went to work the next day, and I was just going about my day, minding my own business, and not thinking about the story in any way when it hit me! Suddenly I had words and ideas tumbling through my head in a rush! I found myself not pacing up and down (I work behind a bar) but more marching up and down - as the idea got faster, so did I. I'm sure some of the people in the bar that day thought I'd gone crazy. Maybe I had, but it felt good!
I felt like I HAD to get these thoughts written down NOW. This story was writing itself - inside my head! And it was scary, and weird, and utterly brilliant all at the same time!
I grabbed some paper and a pen and furiously scribbled down the key points, and before I knew it, I had a four part series!
I have never felt that way before and it was kind of scary, but in a good way. I hope to feel that way again!
That incident also sparked the inspiration for this post, although not in the same way. I am often struck by ideas for post or stories, and they float around gently, I write them down and that's it, and that was the feeling for this post. But the feeling for that story was urgent and I couldn't think straight until it was down on paper.
Have you ever felt that way about writing?
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