One of the ways to get yourself writing is to write about nothing. In this case, I am writing about writing about nothing. I feel that eventually no matter how you started off while trying to write about nothing, you will always end up finding some theme to write about. The theme may still be nothing, but in reality “nothing” in this instance could be considered as something. I mean, a topic of writing or conversation has to be something. Otherwise it would just be a blank absence of something. Which would then just make the absence something…and THAT starts the whole cycle of something again.
Writing about nothing can easily turn into a topic once your mind had chosen something to talk about. Eventually it will grab hold of an idea and continue to go with it as your fingers type whatever words come to mind about the topic of conversation. Kind of like now. I am just writing whatever my mind is coming up with as it’s happening. There’s no reason for me to think about what I want to write, because my brain is already full of thousands of words to put together.
Just make a full sentence and then keep writing. Thousands of words mean millions and billions of possible combinations of phrases and sentences to be able to string together to write, to create, to communicate or anything else we can do with language. That is the beauty of language. It has so many abilities and options and varieties that there is nothing you can’t write about. Writing is like painting. That white canvas with blank space is waiting for you to put something on it. And that something can be anything.
Much like a blank piece of paper. Anything that is blank can be filled with something else—anything else—if you can create it. There’s really no reason why you couldn’t unless, of course, you have writer’s block or even the made-up-but-I-guarantee-existing aliment that is painter’s block. The mind may not be able to bring anything to the foreground of your thoughts to be able to create, but usually it goes away once you get out of your own way. I say this because it’s been my experience that that is the number one block: Yourself.
Another final note about writing randomly…I think you can learn about a person when they let their mind freeform write. I believe their favorite things come out if they are truly not leading their fingers to write certain words. I believe if their mind is free to create what it wants, it will create what it loves.
My conclusion: I love language and being able to create. That’s spot on.
Enjoy. And Reed.