An Exercise for Exploring Writing Ideas

Early Sunrise

Early morning sunrise in the inland area of North San Diego County of California not far from Mexico.
Early morning sunrise in the inland area of North San Diego County of California not far from Mexico. | Source

Beginning

Just beginning this article I ponder that very question. There is a hub titled Why Write an Internet Article at an Internet Writing Site?

by this very author. I like it and others have read it too. It is today ranked my second best. Even though that article articulates why to write an internet article it simply does not explain or offer any iota as to ‘Why am I writing’?

This article began as a writing exercise. Simply I open a Microsoft Excel workbook or a Word document and I begin creating a list. That list is my thoughts expressed with no more than five words each. I write until I am completely exhausted and have to walk away from the exercise. I remove all fears and at the same time experience all fears. Sometimes the list is long before that occurs. Of importance is the removal of the fear of spelling correctly, language usage, and that ghost or spirit hovering over your shoulder. The entity of being wrong.

The History of Brain Storming

Brainstorming is the creative invention, thought process, and means for discovery of Alex Osborn in 1941. An advertising executive he surmised business meetings were inhibiting new novel ideas. He proposed some new rules to help stimulate the meetings progress. Seeking to give freedom of mind and action to spark creativity Osborn developed a process originally termed to “think up”. Later it became known as ‘brainstorming. The original rules were simple and basic:

  • No criticism of ideas
  • Go for large quantities of ideas
  • Build on each others ideas
  • Encourage wild and exaggerated ideas

Time Does Not Belong to You

That exercise may take ten minutes or less if a point of frustration due to a mood or such and such is reached. No matter since that entity is not a looming overlord. That entity is a friend elsewhere doing something else. Or, as today it may be an hour or more. Like a welling spring one seems to just babble and babble.

Simply care is no consequence while focus is emptying the container like the last drop of milk for cereal. As in the movie with Kevin Costner For Love of the Game the main character Billy Chapel softly saying "Clear the mechanism" you empty your mind. Emptying it not seeking to throw that pitch to the eagerly awaiting batter. Not to the catcher anticipating. Not for the team seeking victory. Or, the onlooking crowd desiring to see, to feel, to experience. But to fate!

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Simplicity is the key. The keys are ferociously pounded like an avenging army assailing an intruding predator. They are melodically danced upon delicately like a ballerina dressed in purple full of happiness and joy. They float listlessly like the uniqueness of a singular snowflake arriving on your nose.

Maybe each bleeds misfortune as opaque burgundy melding with the earth barren of spring’s flowers. Of importance is each is each and they are yours known by no other. They are wondrous gifts, cherished blessings, cursed obscenities, tumultuous atrocities, and they too are mediocrities dare to change.

A Hint

Begin this exercise with ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is fun’ as the first entry. That seems to be about a good length. The next entry may be that sucks, who says so, or sure. Maybe it might be a ‘spoonful of sugar’. It could be a dance with verbs mincing with adverbs. Adjectives tempting an explicative. Or, a greeting saying ‘Hello’ to your own self. Try to keep each thought to that length . . . supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is fun.

Easily thoughts could grow becoming compound sentences, but don’t let them. Chunk them. Think of Chuck E. Cheese’s or something like that. Take caution, beware, and watch out for Mr. / Ms. Editing. Not invited. This is free time and liberty is the rule. Let your very own unique thoughts run on and on and on. Just play. As an exercise keeping thoughts to that recommended length thoughts become succinct, concise, and importantly manageable. Shhhhh . . . a secret is to NOT be an exercise . . . Shhhhh . . . just write!

Supercalifragilisticiexpialidocious is fun

Feelings
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is fun
why am I doing this
what is going on
how did I get here
where am I going
the sun is shining
I love this song
the violins are cool
the guitar is awesome
need a story
need to write something
why am I writing
who is listening
am I listening
Am I saying anything
need to vacuum
better do the laundry
who is calling now
forget answering
next is what
what follows next
why is where when what occurs
Horton hears a Who
The example is real. Created in Microsoft Excel it grew to over 150 entries becoming an exhaustive exercise. Once done . . . the file was closed and opened the next day. The process of reading began. The twelfth line was reached. I hesitated.

You’re Done

Now all those chunks of thoughts begin to blur and meld together becoming as a mountain stream emptying into the ocean blue. Subtleness drifts slowly upon your very soul as you experience those gentle rolling waves sliding onto the sun entranced sands of the shore. The coolness of each wave brings new life to your very toes.

It pulses through your veins filling full along with the soft cadence of your heart. You are done. Nothing left. Fingers of wet noodles caress an unknown key or two, palms fall heavily downward upon the rest of the keyboard, arms grow limp, while nostrils flare widely with a breathe, and then a long, hushed sigh escapes beyond.

Scrolling upward along your list and such a steep climb it is too you realize you wrote a lot. But, it is just too much to read. What a headache could be one feeling or my, my, my what have I done might be another. Take caution as that spirit may emerge again egging you forward to read.

Don’t!

Stop!

Walk away, make a glass of iced tea, wash the dishes, or step outside and smell the fresh air. Even if you live in a city, the air most certainly will be welcome being something new. Simply because there is difference and you made that difference. Who knows? Maybe your wings as the butterfly have caused something new somewhere else to simply become. Amazing!

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Next

One Day, Two, or More

You Have to Ask Your Self

a Question

Do I read what I wrote?

Do I open what has been sealed?


A Story Someone Else Once Told

Pandora’s Box is a Greek lore, legend, and myth telling of a mix up between those ancient gods. The short of that story is there was this dude named Prometheus. Prometheus had the gift of foresight and acted as a caretaker of us . . . common folk. He was a little at odds with the King of the Hill named Zeus. The crux of it is Zeus did not want us to have fire of all things. Go figure. Prometheus said ‘Bah Humbug’ and gave fire to us. Zeus had a fit about it.

Prometheus had a brother named Epimetheus. He didn’t have foresight having only afterthought. Yes, a backseat driver. We all know about that. Prometheus warned his brother about receiving gifts from Zeus because of his adventure giving fire to us.

Well, Zeus gave Epimetheus a bride – Pandora. Some say she was a humdinger of a gal. Zeus gave the couple what seemed to be a gift we know today as Pandora’s Box. It came with a warning never to open it. Some say a box while others say a Jar. Time passed by and Pandora having the gift of curiosity wished to open that jar. Why not? After all it was a gift . . . wasn’t it?

Source

Since she was consumed with curiosity she ventured a peek. Like The Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Nazi villains opened the ark all of evil was released into the world. Like a bolt of lightning crashing through the heavens the skies became swiftly full of ghastly ghouls, haunting spirits, and wavering doubts. We were now cursed.

Now we would have to work. Kinda’ like the story of eating the apple with Adam and Eve. In the end of both stories we get kicked out of the fruitful orchard and into the barren land where tilling the hardened earth would be the task of the day. Alas, there was a spirit that had not ventured out of Pandora’s Jar. Lay at the bottom was the spirit Hope. Then wondrously it made its way passed the mouth of the jar into the world. There was now Hope for all. Legend says eternal.

Why am I writing?

Okay if you have read this far then you are asking yourself surely “Why am I reading this?” One answer of arrogance is because I wrote it. Another may be a yearning to learn of another. Seeking the fulfillment of wisdom arrived through a compare and contrast with your own thoughts possibly. Both deductive and inductive reasoning occurs.

Deductive is the general reason seeking the specific. For instance why others write is because . . . therefore, that is ‘Why I am writing’. Inductive reasoning is kinda’ the opposite. A specific seeks a generalization. Or, ‘Why I am writing’ is why others write. Then it gets complicated because now there are others. The question ‘Why am I writing’ jumps from I to others and from others back to I. Sounds like a feedback loop doesn’t it. Yet, does that answer “Why am I writing?”

It all began with an exercise seeking fun through exploring thoughts . . . your very own thoughts. The intent simply was to empty out your thoughts, clear your head, and make room for something new. It touched on a multitude of emotions one at a time or quite possibly all at once. You made a simple list of your thoughts and one thought phrase no longer than ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is fun’. You did it. You wrote. You wrote your heart out. If it was only the entry prompt or a list a mile long does not matter.

Done!

Why am I writing?

Once upon a time long, long ago there was an old man sitting in a garden. And, . .





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Salvia spathacea: "Hummingbird Sage is a one foot high perennial that spreads by rhizomes. This sage is native to coastal California from Napa to Orange. As the name implies Hummingbirds work this species very heavily." (Excerpt Las Pilitas Nursery) | Source

Thank You!

Thank you for your interest and time reading a tsmog article. There are a few recommendations of other authors for your consideration as well as two more by this author. Enjoy! Remember to smile and have fun, fun, fun . . . as best as can be :-)

© 2015 Tim Mitchell

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Comments 34 comments

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Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Mind blowing!!! It's superb! I may not say "Why I am commenting?" because it inspired me and attracted me so much. So I am commenting here.

Voted up and awesome.


Sannel Larson 21 months ago

Mitch, “Why am I reading this?” Well, because you wrote it! :) Haha. . .Simple as that! However, as I was reading it, my smile grew wider and my heart grew warmer. . . This read turned into a most amazing discovery. NICE! Thank you, dear friend! :))))


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you once again Venkatachari M for the visit and commenting. I am honored. Blessing be upon you :-)


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Your welcome Sannel. Thank you . . . dear friend! :))))


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

why should I comment.... because it is my comment to your hub..:) something to think about


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tlcs 21 months ago from Hampshire, UK

Why am I writing? The explanation at the very end of your hub applied to me, I was sat in my garden and then started writing, I have not looked back since! Great read :)


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Michael-Milec 21 months ago

Why....? Just to open myself to consequences again and again , knowing that I do not know as I should be knowing , by perpetuation I know that I am still here even after I'll be gone...

Voted up and interesting.


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Interesting Frank. I will ponder. Thank you for the comment. It is appreciated. I think your comment has caused me to look at a comment in a new light. I am writing and the comment is why :-)


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank yo tics. I appreciate the comment. Yes, gardens are great for thoughts, cleaning the cobwebs too, and the beginning of writing at times. :-)


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you Michael. Amazing. "That I am still here even after I'll be gone . . ." is a very good answer for "Why I am writing" IMHO :-)

tim


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

Tim if ever a hub caused us to stop and think and truly wonder, this is it. Why? Because it is. So many beautiful thoughts, many genres rolled into one, certainly creative and so very interesting to read. Why are you writing? Because it is fun to read.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

I have a grin from ear to ear Mary. Slowly I am getting my fingers back. I hope they stay around a bit longer this time. :-) Thank you for being you Mary . . . and thank you for being at HP too. You are a great teacher!


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

why am i writing? because your hub encourages me


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you peachpurple :-) That encourages me!!!


Poetic Fool 21 months ago

Tim, this is a very interesting and thought provoking article. Well done! I like the reference to "Clear the mechanism" from the movie

"For Love of the Game". I haven't consciously thought of that particular phrase but I have likened writing to being in that kind of "zone". At least, when I feel I'm writing well! It's a good analogy for me. I'm looking forward to reading to the others articles in the series.


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tsmog 21 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thanks for stopping in Rick. The comment is well received. Sharing I am still 'Clearing the mechanism" today. Off I go to Goodwill today with a carload or two of stuff. Like Sannel says it is clutter and more work to dust LOL . . . she really is very wise :-)

tim


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Alyssa Gripshover 19 months ago from Kentucky

Absolutely loved this! Thoughts flowed into another so perfectly, I read it several times just to hear the words flowing so effortlessly and with so much creativity! You have amazing talent


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tsmog 19 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you so much Alyssa. Your kind and open comment has made this day for me. Nice! Nice is a one word comment I use meaning speechless. Do have a most wonderful day :-)


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Buildreps 18 months ago from Europe

It was a pleasure reading this Hub, Tim! It's actually a good idea to note a list of keywords. Thanks. Voted up.


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tsmog 17 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you Buildreps :-) I have visited your home bookmarking interesting articles to read. I like many and will definitely look at "About Hubpages - How To Achieve High Hub and Hubber Scores". That is a focus today seeking a strategy for HubPages and a focus for writing, thus the Why am I writing series. Do have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany

I ask that question sometimes to myself. Then it makes me think about the reason why. Maybe I want to give space for another things in my mind (brain) and so I share my thoughts, my ideas, my experiences and everything that I think is worth sharing. A mind blowing hub! Thanks for sharing.


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tsmog 17 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Hello and thank you Thelma for reading and commenting. I must share I reread this article while pondering that very question. I feel it offered renewal once again pondering 'Why I Write'.

Today I am seeking more success with views while learning about SEO such as Keyword planning for a Hub & Title. That alone has changed my thought process with 'How to Write' while I still ponder 'Why I Write'. I feel there is something amiss or those two are beginning to meld together especially considering 'purpose' for an article. We shall see.


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PoggyDobby 11 months ago from Probably Earth

We ought to have more Hubs like this! My mind was blown. Thumbs up!

Why do I write? Because it's a real challange for me. I'm bad at languages and have English as a second one in school. My vocabulary is limited and what I do is search for words on dictionary. That way I can improve myself and I really love seeing how much I've improved over time.


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tsmog 11 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you for the visit and comment PggyDobby. In my view you have a good command of the language. I'm a native speaker having a dictionary at my right side at the desk handy. The internet is a must for words too ;-)


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sujaya venkatesh 10 months ago

works just explode like that


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tsmog 10 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

I hope to. Thanks for commenting. Have a great day!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

Supercalifragilisticiexpialidocious is fun. What more can I say? Good hub.


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tsmog 9 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Hello Jodah . . . I love that word with fondness. Thanks for stopping in while wish you a great day :-)


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DDE 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great ideas!


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tsmog 9 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Hello DDE! Thank you while hoping they help . . . do have a great day!


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RahulSharma2016 6 months ago from Delhi

Great Article it's worth of time.


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tsmog 6 months ago from Escondido, CA Author

Thank you! I hope it helps with your writing journey . . .


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Nadine May 4 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Very nice post and I love the question " why am I writing?" My answer is: When I see the thoughts and perceptions appearing as words that form sentences on my screen, it's almost as if another me is communicating. The same happens when I type my fiction characters their dialog. Its as if I'm taking to myself, but then the nice thing about writing is the editing process. Magic happens!


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tsmog 4 weeks ago from Escondido, CA Author

Hello Nadine. Thank you for sharing your experience. Sharing is I reread and experienced this Hub for self once again. I see I must do this exercise more perhaps before a planned adventure of writing. It may cause one to hone more closely to the task ahead. I dun'no . . .

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