Stream of Consciousness Sunday: My Confession
Lerner Farrington wrote this post (that I can’t find) a few months ago that really got me thinking about this blog. Thinking about how it shouldn’t jut be a how to, 100% functional place because that’s not how I connect with people. It’s not my style in real life so why should it sound that way here?
That’s not how I become a better writer which means I’m not accomplishing anything I intended to do when I decided to blog. That means I need to start (and maintain) a stream of consciouness Sunday so here’s… really, I have no idea what’s going to happen here.
Update: Lerner is awesome and sent me the manifesto post. Read it here. Be inspired.
Setting a timer and writing for 5 minutes is an odd thing. It’s like stage fright but on a keyboard. No one’s watching me but my brain isn’t much of a show horse. I actually find my biggest joy in watching bad reality television.
There. I said it.
I get a laugh out of the Jersey Shore. I have watched the Real World since their Boston season. And despite the fact that you could never catch me in a dress, I can make recommendations to most women on Say Yes to the Dress. I also love those hard nosed documentaries about sex trades and adoptions. I guess it’s a dose of something mentally stimulating to balance the really bad TV I watch most of the time. Redemption television. Does that even count for the brain cells I lost trying to figure out Snooki? It’s like an addiction. I don’t tweet about it and rarely quote it on Facebook because I’m..well, embarrassed.
OK so I tried to write for 5 minutes. Lots of awkward pauses so I gave myself a little extra time. If you want to try this at home here’s the gist of it:
This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post hosted by allthingsfadra.com. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…
- Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
- Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
- Publish it
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Good for you!
(Here’s the link, btw: http://stayathomebabe.com/2011/02/i-just-want-to-write-my-manifesto/)
The trick to the Stream of Consciousness Sunday post is to have in your mind an idea of something that you want to write about before you sit down, anything. Then set the timer and free associate for five minutes on what you’re already thinking about. You’ll be amazed how many words you can get out once you’ve done it a few times and gotten past the weirdness of having a timer set. Write on, woman. Write on.
Ohhhh. That makes sense. It was really awkward just sitting in front of the computer. Staring.
You write on as well. You kicked me into gear :-)
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