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Apr 16, 2019 01:00:02

Writing is Wringing

by @brianball PATRON | 352 words | 415💌

Brian Ball

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When you have a single towel and dry a car, you'll notice you find yourself twisting it in your hands. You're wringing out the water by force.

We spend the day watching and reading and listening to the ideas and thoughts of other people. Our brain is soggy and full.

The trick? Wring it out with a bunch of writing. 

By taking the time to craft a story, dictate a dialog to your fingers, or formulate a thoughtful comment to somebody else, you're putting that content to work.

Be careful.

If you're not paying attention, and you get in the habit of wringing, you might taste a subtle satisfaction. A smirk may alight your face. The chips on the table are stacking in your favor.

Don't avoid this. Please and Thank you.

Write about something you enjoy and want others to experience: persuasively. Try to write sardonically or mysteriously. 

Write to your Alice or your Bob. 

You know there are ghosts in your closet that would be happy to have a voice. Give them one.

What might you say if you noticed a tooth being mixed in with your energy bar and her friends are crunching down on top of her as she screams -- "HEELLLPPP -- I 'm caught in an energy bar and have lost my footing."

Do you have the power to stop the chewing? Could you retrieve the tooth and put her back in place? Or, do you just swallow and reason, "well, I guess her time had come."

You won't know what you feel like writing until you get into it. 

I look forward to starting and sometimes I look forward more to finishing.

Often, I'll check the word count and race to reach it...

 and stop suddenly. Stopping on the nose.

Other times I'll enjoy the flow state I create once I'm in it.

How do you do it? 

Do you type with your eyes closed and the lights off and the smell of rain coming in through the window? 

Do you use blue-light blocking glasses and wring out your thoughts before bed?

How? Now you've got me curious.

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    As Mike Tyson said: Everybody's got a plan til they get hit in the face.

    I think everyone thinks they have a grasp of their ideas, their knoweledge, their existence, until it gets put to the test. And writing is one of those ways.

    It's amazing how many times I just knew that I knew something until I went to write it down and learned I didn't know it at all.

    But from that ignorance is when those ideas grow. And we're not talking about growing bigger. Everyone's obsessed with big. But in this case it's grows not to be bigger but deeper. More deeply you -- whoever you are.

    And I think most people struggle with this.

    As the late Nisey Hussle said :
    "Spoke some things into the universe and they appeared/I say it's worth it, I won't say it's fair/Find your purpose or you wastin' air.."

    Most people never grow their ideas deeply into themselves. Instead they are still stuck at that point where they are just reciting information. I think knowledge and ideas that are deeply sowed into the individual are useless. Don't tell me what John smith or Jane Kavinsky thinks. I'll go to them for what they think. But do tell me what YOU think ... and this can be wrung out from what John/Jane or whoever else thinks.... but please put it through your towel first. Don't just take the bucket of old water and hand it to me from someone else.

    Anyways. I think this post was a good exmaple of that. An idea that was wrung out truly from you.

    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 16, 2019 15:16:38
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      @abrahamKim - I like your comments especially when you rap a nugget. I've noticed here on 200Wad -- I do like reading all kinds of writings, and like you, I appreciate it when it just feels like I'm getting to know that person a bit rather than having them tell me how to be. If I'm not yet successful at avoiding the mansplaining, my goal is to eventually get there.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 06:52:57
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