Saturday, May 31, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Nothing

Five Minute Friday

It's Friday... and I have a thousand blog post ideas brewing in my head, but they haven't made it out on paper. But with a prompt like NOTHING for Five Minute Friday, I thought I would see if I could find something. Here's what I found...


Start:

I don't even want to write... it's been so long I feel like I can't remember how, or even why I write. My blog has been spotty at best and even when I have great ideas, I can't seem to find the space, the time, the margin in which to write.

I thought this was the dream I wanted to pursue, I went back to school for a communications degree and I can't even seem to communicate what is in my head, can't seem to get my thoughts out on paper. I know I have something to say, but most days it feels like nothing.

And when I get close to quitting, I get the encouragement I need to keep going, or at least the encouragement that I should keep going.  The difference between good writers and bad writers??!?! According to Jeff Goins, the bad ones quit.

just keep writing, just keep writing


So while I really want to quit, I won't. It might be quiet for days, weeks, even months at a time while I try to find something, anything to write about. But I know that even when I feel nothing, there is something. I just have to start writing or start typing and then the thoughts start flowing and my fingers start flying and sometimes it doesn't make a lick of sense, but I keep typing and occasionally that typing will end up here on the blog for all to see.... and sometimes it will just be between me, myself and I.

But I'm determine not to settle for nothing, and to remember that there is an ebb and flow and to everything there is a season, and nothing good ever comes to those who do nothing... and sometimes you just have to do the next thing, even if it's just writing a bunch of cliches because you still feel like you've got nothing.

There is always something. (and sometimes colored pens help you find that something...)

STOP

sometimes nothing is really something... what is your "nothing" today? Write for 5 minutes and join the party at Lisa-Jo's place!!


8 comments:

  1. Stoppin by from FMF. Keep on writing! Jeff Goins is a wise man. Also, your something/nothing reminded me of "You've Got Mail."

    Kathleen Kelly: [in an email to Joe Fox] The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Oh, thanks for sharing that little tidbit! I love it... and now I feel the need to watch that movie again!! It was a good one! :)

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  2. Yes, there is always something. And you just have to keep at it. Even when it seems to be nothing, to make no good sense. There are nuggets, treasures in their Julie...I just know it!

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    1. It is always helpful to dig for the treasures... the best thoughts are always deeply hidden!

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  3. Stopping by from FMF- glad you are offering your words. And Jeff Goins? Love his insight. Keep writing friend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the encouragement! every little bit helps

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  4. Sounds like we are in similar seasons, Julie. I know I have words in me, I know they are there. I have to let the writing come slowly at the moment and that is okay. Because in the middle of the nothing, there really is something. :) Little pieces just may pop up. Keep looking (I'll be doing the same!)!

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  5. Awwww . . . I wanted to hear more sweet nothings about the colored pens! But, truly - this blessed me today as I'm working on getting some manuscripts ready for the Greater Philadelphia Writers Conference in a few weeks and struggling with the temptation to just chuck it all thinking maybe after a lifetime passion for words and writing God has not called me to do so in the first place and I'm way off the mark. I needed to read that Goins quote about bad writers quitting. Bam! Hit me where I live!

    I was blessed to bump into you at LYFE this past weekend. I liked your fb page - hoping to keep up with you as I can see we have many commonplaces. Check out my retreat recaps - nice photo of us in Part 2. http://www.thewritersreverie.com/2014/06/retreat-and-breathe-part-2.html

    Hope to see you posting again, soon - with renewed vision and vigor.
    Joy!
    Kathy

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