Running on Empty

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I’m in trouble. It’s only day eight of my writing challenge and I’m running out of things to write about. I knew this day would come, I was hoping it would not arrive for another week or more.

There are still a couple of ideas on my list, but they are going to take a little more time to develop. And time isn’t something I;m running long on. At least not with a daily deadline.

The good news is I seem to be able to fill a page with mindless rattle. The truth is I am hoping to do more than mindless rattle. I am hoping to write something meaningful (at least to me). While that is a good goal, I think it’s more down the line than day eight.

At this time a good goal is to develop the habit of writing on a regular basis and grow from there. Let’s face it, I’m not likely to win awards for my writing, so I just need to keep it simple. You know, one day at a time.

Regardless of what my goal is, I still need to fill the page and as you can tell I seem to be able to do it, even on a bad day.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I am falling back on a speaking format from Toast Masters. It’s called table talks. What happens during these sessions is the speaker draws a topic out of a hat and then has two minutes to speak. It’s used as a way to get people used to speaking in front of others.

The key is, while you must start with the drawn topic, you are not required to remain on it. So much like today, I started by telling you I was in trouble and I’m finishing with a tip for how to fill the page on days like today.

What do you know, I’ve filled two pages in my journal and I’m feeling inspired. Maybe I’ll outline some of my other ideas so I can keep filling pages.

Author: Brian Hill

Still trying to figure this out.

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