It’s Wednesday, and I’m Totally Wordless . . . and someone just pointed out that it’s actually Tuesday, so now I’m speechless

So, you may have noticed I’ve been a little short on the wordage these days (but lots of photo practice, eh?). It’s been a bit hectic around here, but for great reasons. I found out in the past week and a half that I have two new blog writing gigs on the horizon (one of them paid, although quite modestly), which is awesome. So the past few days have been spent signing contracts, getting new logins for other sites, etc. I can’t wait to tell you about both, and I should be announcing this with links to my first posts on the other sites, but I seem to have a problem . . .

See, I’m all set to go – I have my instructions, I have my accounts set up, but I’ve got nothin’, nothin’ to write about, that is. Seriously, now that it is all worked out, and I am getting to do exactly what I had set as a goal long ago, it’s like I have nothing to say! It’s a writer’s block of the worst kind. I’m starting to wonder if I’m just a big impostor because my mind is a blank. And, um, I’m sort of petrified.

I’m trying not to freak out and trust that something will come (please, let it come before my deadlines). So hopefully soon, very soon, I’ll be able to tell you more and send you on over to a few new sites.

In the meantime, and speaking of wordless, I’ve noticed a lot of other people talking about a writer’s block lately too. It got me thinking about hosting something here on my site, something to hopefully keep us all going, keep motivated, and spice things up a bit. I thought I could announce a theme of some sort, maybe every two weeks. I’d post about what the theme is for you all, and then we could spend the next two weeks responding to the theme either in writing (essay, fiction, poetry, whatever you want), as a photo, as a video, or anything else you can think of. Then on the day I’ve arranged, I’ll put up my post and link to all of your posts where you’ve responded on your own blogs.

Does that make sense? Would you be interested in doing it? I don’t want this to be too similar to Scribbit’s Write Away contests, but I’m sure I was subconsciously sort of inspired by that for this idea (and I certainly need to give credit where it is due – her monthly Write Away contest is awesome). But this wouldn’t be a contest. In fact, I would want to avoid any sort of pressure to make it a perfect post like that, and it would emphasize that you can respond to the theme in any way you want and feel comfortable to sort of explore and experiment in that way. It would be for anyone who is interested in writing or any other creative endeavor, who wants to practice and keep their juices flowing. For example, you all know I am actively trying to improve my photography, so I might use this as an opportunity to practice my skills when inspired by a particular theme, or assignment, if you will, to see how that opens me up to things I might not have thought of otherwise. This idea is what I’ve been thinking about since I posted about that book, A Year of Mornings, because it is a perfect example of how just a simple idea (to take a photo each morning) and some collaboration can have amazing results.

I haven’t worked out the details, like where the ideas for themes come from, how I link up to your posts (linky or have you email me and I write them up in a post), etc., but I wanted to gauge interest first. Do you like the idea of having a theme to work with once in a while, or does it totally turn you off? What do you think?

16 Responses

  1. Congratulations on the new gigs!

    I like the theme/prompt idea. It helps me a lot to have a little something to go on when I’m out of ideas. That’s probably why I posted something totally inane yesterday (about my refrigerator being broken, SNORE).

  2. Okay….this post had me officially freaking out.
    It’s Tuesday right? At one point, I thought I completely lost a day in my head-cold. But really, it’s Tuesday?

  3. Topic- A look at how Moms can’t be sick and won’t put themselves first. How they keep putting elective things off because of the kids. Can you make that funny?

  4. I like this idea!


  5. I love that you put Wednesday in the title and it was Tuesday. LOVE that. My sister had a seizure at Jewel a few weeks ago (epilepsy) and they were asking her questions like: What’s your name? Where are you? What day of the week is it? And she was like “I don’t know! I’m at home with 2 babies all day! I know it’s not Saturday or Sunday…”

    :) Toddler brain, my dear.

  6. I say give it a try–everyone appreciates a little help in coming up with ideas!

  7. Can’t wait to see (read) you on your new gigs. Congrats!

    Love the idea of themes writing. I could use some ideas as I’m running into not only writers block but a pretty boring life right now. Maybe having a theme to give me a jump start would help prompt me out of my fog. I say, go for it.

  8. i love your idea! i’ll do it if you do a Cookie Carnival with me sometime!
    : )

  9. I’m in.

    Congrats on your new bloggy gigs and good luck in overcoming that dang blockage.

  10. Congrats on your gigs. I am always looking for ideas for blogging. Something that people are really interested in reading.

  11. Sounds good. I like the idea of not a contest, low pressure, no judging.

  12. First of all you are brilliant! The words will come to you. They will. And they’ll be amazing!

    And yes. I am also in. Love the idea. I’ve always got a lot to say. (As you know!)

  13. Fun idea. I never went into teaching because although I love getting up there and doing it I HATED coming up with lesson plans. And I’ve definitely been struggling with the blog ideas lately.

  14. Congratulations on the gigs! And there is nothing quite like knowing you’re obligated to do something to make what is typically reflexive when done voluntarily, challenging!

    I agree with Mama D…it’ll come to you…and let us know when and where we can read you!

  15. Congrats on the new writing jobs. I can’t wait to hear all about them. I like the idea of a theme post. I find they help provide me with some structure with work and everything. I would at least give it a try. By the way for having writer’s block and having nothing to say you put together a pretty good post!!

  16. I like the theme idea – sometimes it helps to get the creative juices going . . .