Saturday, August 9, 2014

Writing About the First Thing That Comes to Your Mind

Writing about the first thing that comes to your mind is a terrible idea—particularly when someone else suggests it and then proceeds to give you several ideas. First of all, why even mention more than one idea if you are supposed to just write about the first one? Secondly, what if I do not want to write about your idea? Of course, my ideas are not good either, so I am in a pickle either way.

Typing of pickles, have you ever noticed that a pickle is a difficult situation, but it can also be a preserved food such as cucumbers? I think that means we all know pickles, the preserved cucumbers, are nasty, but no one wants to admit it. In fact, they are so biased towards them that most people, at least in America, think they love them. Now that is a pickle!

What did you say? You think it is a bad idea to write about how bad pickles are? You say it is a bad idea particularly when your readers like pickles? Well, you may have a point, but it was the first thing that originated from my mind, and I warned you that my ideas are not good either. However, here is the lowdown: ideas that originate from my mind flow into blog posts better than ideas outside my mind.

For example, I will ask a person I know for a random idea—calling on the phone right now. Okay, here is the idea from the person I called: my mother is the most awesome person ever. Now let the flowing of the blog post begin. Hmmm, I bet you cannot guess who I called! You know, I am kind of struggling to know how to approach this topic. It may be that ideas from my own mind do, indeed, flow better. Yep, this blog posts is definitely at a standstill.

Now, this could be the place where all the nice things about my mother could be written—but it is not Mother’s Day, so I do not want to waste time on that. Just kidding! Yes, my mum is the best ever (I have to type that, as she may be reading).

As you may have noticed, I was able to write some stuff, but it was more disjointed and tougher to continue to type in a consistent manner, so writing ideas from my own mind do work better for me. However, when I write about ideas from my own mind, they cannot be forced. When I try to write about forced ideas from my own mind, it can result in the same problem as ideas from outside my mind. The ideas must come naturally. Why? Because that is the way it seems to work with me.

Will this approach work for everyone? Well, can you come up with ideas naturally? If not, then definitely not. If so, then maybe. And what I mean by naturally is, here you are typing on your blog and then BAM!!! IDEA ALERT! “Wow! I cannot believe I thought of that idea. The typing of the fingers just keeps rolling. I know what I am going to type about next. This is amazing!”

Warning: natural ideas are not always the best ideas, but they do tend to flow from your mind easier. What if you have nothing in your mind to begin with? Well, then read my blog and fill up your mind, and then let the ideas and typing flow! Will that work well? Probably not because my ideas are usually weird and so random that most people read my stuff and go, “What? This guy is weird.” Now, I am not saying that is a bad thing, as it works for me, but I do admit that it may not work for you.

If you want some perfect ideas, read God’s Word. He has called us to be a special people for Him—to be set apart from the world. Being different, or weird, is not a bad thing in this case! Here is a relevant passage on filling up your mind:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1).

Thanks for reading,


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