Writing cheats: Slice of Life #20

Writing cheats: Slice of Life #20

So any day now my writing “thing” is going to return.

Now, I need to cheat. Because all of the usual nudges are nudging me nowhere.

Scroll through photos for something that says something connected to something I have been thinking something about.

This actually works. But right now typing it, I just confused myself.

Move backwards and forwards through the day and stop when there is something to peel away or poke at.

Not happening.

Today was a day of procrastination cleaning, long drawn out packing, nagging children, wasting time.

I drifted through this day and never settled. Reorganizing the fridge, folding sheets, eating fruit so that it won’t spoil. These things offer me nothing.

I think I did it sort of purposely. If I am going to confess. Pushed myself to late night deadlines with nothing on the page. Just to see what I would pull out. Knowing it would be nothing.

This is now my blank slate. My nowhere place to walk from.

I can’t really cheat. I have to just write this.

This blah nowhere limbo.

It doesn’t even deserve a word. More just a sound. A kind of sigh. Half hearted and under-impressive.

Now there is only one way to go. Away from this and towards a story to tell.

Tomorrow I will stare at the ocean.

I will walk through a different city.

I will shake out my head.

Something will come.

I have no more words for nothing.

Bad Irony: Slice of Life

I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March.

Slice of Life is hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I thank them for the community they provide. Read more slices here.

15 thoughts on “Writing cheats: Slice of Life #20

  1. I love how you documented this struggle. I could totally relate! This line, “I drifted through this day and never settled.” YES!!! It’s perfect. I’m glad you wrote. I found a lot inside your nothing. 🙂

  2. This made me think of Toad from Frog and Toad. Sounded like something he’d experience and think about. Frog always comes bounding in as everyone here with encouragement and understanding. Definitely relatable!

  3. It’s quite challenging to be profound every.single.day, and perhaps especially on vacation. I think you should stare at the ocean. That’s enough for me.

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