Sometimes I do things better when I do them quickly and without thinking. Parallel parking is an example. I rarely parallel park. If I’m in a situation where I have all the time in the world to do it (no one’s behind me waiting), I take my time, try really hard, and usually do a laborious job of going back and forth and back and forth until I get my car decently close to the curb.
When I need to parallel park in a rush, I zoom into the spot flawlessly. So from now on, I’m going to pretend I’m in a rush whenever I need to parallel park.
Now, how does this apply to writing? I’m reading Globejotting as inspiration for keeping a travel journal on my upcoming month-long trip to Europe.
The author, Dave Fox, has a great exercise on speed journaling. You set the timer for 10 minutes and write quickly about a topic without stopping to think about it. It’s freeing and gets the creative juices rolling.
When I started this blog, I was slow and careful about it. It’s a public showing of my writing. I have to be careful to do my best. I thought through how often I wanted to post—about every 1-1/2 to 2 weeks since the blogs I tend to read the most come out that often. Well, what would happen during that 1-1/2 to 2 weeks is I’d lose momentum. I’d think of a blog topic and talk to friends about it. They’d be all excited, but I’d find I’d never sit down to write. I’d over think the topic and became afraid I wouldn’t be able to write it good enough. Whatever “good enough” means.
So here I am writing my blog post quickly and without over thinking. What a sense of freedom!