I have no idea what to write about today. In retrospect, I guess I could’ve planned out this writing challenge a bit more. I could’ve made a list of possible topics to discuss or bookmarked a page of writing prompts to help me out when I felt stuck.

Or not.

The whole reason I started this 10-day challenge was so that I could get back into the habit of writing for the simple joy of writing. No plan, no rules.

Perhaps I’ll consider this a “Free Fall Friday” and write whatever comes to mind.

Yup, that’s what I’ll do.

I’ll also set a timer so that it’s more of a challenge (I work best under pressure).

Okay, 45 minutes of random unrelated thoughts. Here we go:

On personal banking

I went to the bank on Monday and walked out of there feeling completely violated. Dramatic, I know, but I just find it so outrageous that you have to PAY for personal cheques. You’re basically saying that I have to pay someone else for the means to give away my own money? Infuriating (and perhaps a little irrational on my part), but that was not a great way to start the week. Bank, we need a break. It’s not you, it’s me. Or maybe it is you. #stillmad

Writing prompt: What makes you mad?

On the colour pink

My mom and I went shopping on Tuesday and I bought a big fuzzy pink pillow. I’m not exactly a pink girl, but I’ve been drawn to it lately. It makes me feel like I’ve got my life together, and it’s calming, and all the best journals and planners have a hint of pink on the cover. I used to think my colour of choice was yellow, but I’m looking around my room right now and I see very little yellow, and a whole lot of pink.

Writing prompt: Is there a colour that’s sneaking up on you?

On finishing books

Today I finished the book GRIT by Angela Duckworth and I literally cheered afterward. My director gave me the book in August and I have been struggling to get through it ever since. I’ve read a bunch of other books in between but I found it really hard to focus my attention on a book about the psychology of persevering your way to success. Ironic, right? Anyway, I finished it and I enjoyed it. I learned a lot and, as I turned the last page, I was hit by an overwhelming feeling that I’m not working as hard as I should be on any of my life goals. Great.

Writing prompt: Could you be working harder than you already are?

On doing hard things

One thing that really stood out to me from GRIT was Duckworth’s anecdote about implementing the “Hard Thing Rule” in her household. The rule has three parts. First, everyone in the family has to do a hard thing. A “hard thing” is something that requires daily deliberate practice. Second, you can quit but not until you’ve seen that hard thing through for the full period to which you’ve committed yourself. Lastly, you get to pick your hard thing, because there’s no point of doing a hard thing that you have no interest in doing. For those of us not enrolled in some kind of sport or extracurricular activity, those of us not artists by nature, that “hard thing” may be challenging to identify. So what’s my hard thing? Maybe it’s blogging. The writing is the part I enjoy, but I recognize that I need deliberate practice to do all the other things that come with it… the planning, the marketing, the analytics, the branding, the networking, the growth. I could be working a lot harder. And perhaps I should be.

Writing prompt: What's your hard thing? (I mean this in a clean way, haha)

On boring chores

I just glanced at my to-do list and got really annoyed. There’s so many things on there that I don’t want to do. If I ever get SUPER rich, I’m going to pay someone to do three chores for me: laundry, dusting and changing my bed sheets (duvet included). I’ll do all the rest. Washing dishes? Love it! Vacuuming? Why not! Watering the plants? Of course, they’re my babies. But boy oh boy do I dislike doing laundry.

Writing prompt: What's your least favourite chore?

On weekend plans

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in this world of personal development that I worry I’m forgetting how to have fun. Then I think about it a little longer and realize that this stuff IS fun. It’s fun to me. I accept where my life is at, take pride in how I spend my time, glance around my room with a smile on my face and, after all that’s done, I text my friends to see who wants to meet up for a drink. Life is all about balance. Stay home. Read a book. Take a bath. And when you’ve got a handle on the inside stuff, head outside and do something stupid with your friends.

Writing prompt: What are your plans for the weekend?

With that said, I’m done.

I completed day 6 of my 10-day writing challenge and now I can go out and live the life that I’m so lucky to lead.

Until tomorrow,

P.S. This only took 30 minutes to write. After I finished writing, I went back and added the writing prompts to help out anyone who may be experiencing their own share of writer's block. Hope it helps!

2 thoughts on “The art of writing without a plan

  1. Loved this one! Especially the “doing hard things.” Reminded me of what I need to work on.

    enlightenedhealthfitness ;)

    PS – thanks for the writing prompts after each topic!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, the Hard Things Rule really hit home with me as I was reading GRIT. I hope the writing prompts are helpful to you if and when you decide to do your own writing challenge :)

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