“What could you write about? List 25 persons, places, or things you would like to write about some day. Then, choose one and WRITE!!!! Save the others for another day.”
I have been drafting the following list for over a week. It was supposed to be my post LAST TUESDAY. I would love to tell you there is some other reason why I haven’t written ANYTHING ELSE in the meantime, especially considering this isn’t even so much writing as it is a list of things to write ABOUT, but then I’d be lying. I was mentally incapable of starting something new until I finished my response to this prompt, because I am a single draft writer (see #16), and this “draft” HAD TO BE COMPLETED before I could move on to other things. Writing experts will tell you that the phrase “single draft writer” is just another way of identifying one’s writing style, but I will tell you it is a sickness. When I tell you I have multiple “drafts” saved, they are actually finished products I am not yet ready to make public; the thought of leaving a piece of writing unfinished and writing something altogether new and different is not in my nature, even if the “draft” in question is just a list. It’s very easy for self-inflicted writer’s block to surface when I am working on something difficult, because even though it would make sense to move on and write something else, something less trying, I can’t do it. I can’t leave something lying around in raw unfinished form.
And so I give you my working list of topics which, thank the glorious heavens, will give me some food for thought as I reconnect with my sadly abandoned writing plan.
- The drugs I REALLY need (as opposed to the ones my spam email claims I need)
- Clean-ness envy
- The Mebane House
- That unfortunate rum and Diet Coke incident
- The Great Wal-Mart Experiment
- My daughter’s potty mouth
- Making ratatouille
- Have youmet the Robinsons?
- The naked seat
- Incredible underwear
- All the wrong clothes: middle school
- All the wrong clothes: adulthood
- Passionflower’s 1984 white Camry
- Warning: Under the Influence of Toddler
- MaMa and the one-year old “draft”
- The single drafter
- That woman who was crying through Disney on Ice
- My irrational airplane fear
- “Sweet maple sugar, honey, hot buttered rum”
- Wii exercise together now
- The Santa dilemma
- Mommy paranoia: why did no one warn me?
- Smell memories
- Free association/writing practice