This week I found myself bumbling around when it came to writing. Frankly, I’ve been wondering what to make of the first sentence that “won” the poll a few weeks ago and which I said I’d use to write some flash fiction. Although I came up with the sentence, I’ve been stumped where to take it. Inside my head I have ideas but when I tried to put them onto the paper I found that all those inner critics were coming out. (What are you doing? Well, that’s a crazy idea. Who will think this makes any sense?) You know the drill. I was scratching out every other word. And then I just stopped trying.
Until Friday afternoon on my train ride home. I realized that my self-imposed deadline was only a few days away and I needed to get busy. I dug deep in my toolkit (aka my brain) and remembered the mind map.
It was just what I needed to loosen up. Without the fear of writing an imperfect sentence, I was able to uncover some new ideas of where to go with the story that starts with that first sentence. I have yet to draft anything after that quick, 20-minute, mind mapping session but I know when I sit down on the train tomorrow morning, I’ll be much more ready to write.