No Ideas Tonight

It’s 8:55.

I sit down to write.

I don’t have any ideas.

I’m tired.

It’s been a long day.

I worked, met a friend for coffee, played tennis, had dinner, finished up some work, and now I sit, with a blank mind, in front of a blank screen.

It’s 8:57.

I still don’t have an idea.

I’m still tired.

The day is getting longer.

I try to look back through my notebook and don’t find anything that resonates.  I close my eyes to think.

But nothing.

No ideas.

Not tonight.

Not now.

Just the other day, I wrote about how I was overflowing with things to write about.  What happened?  My brain is just not cooperating.

It’s 8:59.

I check Facebook (again).

I check my email (again).

I put in a load of laundry.

I do the dishes.

Still nothing.

It’s 9:31.

I give up.

No ideas tonight.

 

10 thoughts on “No Ideas Tonight”

  1. I’m in this same mode. I’m working off the Seinfeld philosophy: It’s a show about nothing. This is a poem that definitely fits with my last two evenings. You captured it. Mine might have the last line, “But I write it anyway.”

  2. I felt the same way. This challenge is hard. Then I read someone’s list or poem, and realize it can be simplistic writing about the moment.

  3. Isn’t it crazy how one day we can have multiple ideas and we think, “OH, I’ll save all these for later.” When later comes, they’ve all packed up and moved somewhere else! I’m so glad you wrote anyway. It is on days like this that we fill in the spaces because other days get to be the stars.

  4. Yes, we have all been there, but you did write. No idea did become an inspiration for us writers who suffer similar moments.
    I love your procrastination strategies. I share them — Facebook being the biggest time absorption.

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