Stream of Conscious

Have you ever ensconced yourself in a comfortable chair at the computer, checked your Facebook or other social devices for a few minutes, taken a sip of your hot chocolate, and then opened up your blog, planning to write a new post, when it seems that nothing at all wants to come to your mind for you to jot down onto the page?

I certainly have. Not necessarily in the exactness of the paragraph above, but I often have trouble coming up with a topic to write about, as I’m sure everyone has from time to time. But what do we do when nothing comes to mind? Do we give up, thinking the situation hopeless, or do we endear through it, believing beyond the shadow of a doubt that something will present itself as a worthy topic to write about?

Often, unfortunately, I see myself as the former choice. Sometimes I think it utterly hopeless to press forward, deeming my mental blockage as something that is merely temporary and will go away soon. Sometimes I’m right and the hindrance is short lived. Other times I’m not.

So what point am I really trying to make? To be honest, even I can’t say, because I never had any point I intended to make when I began this post. Why? Because I was searching for a topic to write about and I couldn’t find one, so I just wrote what was off  of the top of my head.

Ding! I think we have our solution.

When we sit around, sifting through our thoughts, our memories, our experiences, trying to discover something meaningful to write about, sometimes we get stumped when we realize that nothing of great consequence has happened to us recently. So, the solution to our problem, then, would be not to search for a topic to write about. Instead, write what comes immediately to mind, never thinking twice about the words you’re putting down, and when you’re finished, you may either call it a day or be given an idea from your newly written work.

As I have been told, this is called “stream of conscious”. Basically you think nothing about what you write (or very little, anyway) and let everything in your mind, whether it has any meaning or not, flow out onto the page. This is an excellent way to clear your mind and may even remove enough blockage for you to find the idea you have been looking for.

In conclusion, let me say this. Before I wrote this post, I was thinking to myself “I’m going to write something about this and this alone”, and that topic was what I focused thoroughly upon, never riveting my thoughts from it, but that was the problem. It wasn’t the thought that was providing the hindrance, but rather the fact that I was not letting my mind go where it wanted to go to discover new things for me to write about. In focusing upon solely one thing, I was giving my thoughts no elbow room and thus was unable to come up with anything to write about. But when I decided to write about not being able to think of anything to write, my area of thinking expanded and I was able to more easily get down what I was thinking.

To be concise in everything I just said, be flexible. The stiffer and more stubborn you are, the less likely writing will flow easily and efficiently out of you. Of course, being stubborn has its advantages is some cases, but that is a discussion for a later time.

Merry Christmas and God bless you all! Happy birthday to Jesus, our Lord and Savior!


1 Comment

  1. December 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Wow that was really interesting! 🙂

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