Now and then I get to thinking. Yes, it does hurt a bit.
However, thinking is the first step in writing. Without thought, our writing goes nowhere.
Take today, for instance. Please!
I went through my morning routine to start my day, and listed several things I wanted to accomplish today. Not goals, but tasks.
One of them was to write this post.
Now, why did this come about?
Because I got to thinking, “Gee, it’s been a few days since I last posted, so I should really write one. How about today?”
Now, as I sit at my keyboard, the real thinking begins.
I let my mind range around the edges and guts of the topic. I home in on one aspect and magnify it a bit. I connect it to some of my memories. I disconnect and add a combination from a different set of memories.
And a sentence emerges. Not complete, but a start.
This sentence leads me on another thinking and writing chase to see where it will lead.
This isn’t exactly free-form stream of consciousness writing, but a sort of controlled version. One thought leads to another.
The writing solidifies the thought, and I can extract another thought related to this solid one.
As these thoughts coalesce, they build a structure I can use to add architectural details to make it a whole house. I am a thought builder and a thought crafter. My thoughts turn into a solid something that others can see and examine.
Puting plenty of thought into thinking makes for a more thoughtful outcome. And a more cohesive product.
Let those thoughts roll on. Let your writing be thoughtful.