My brain right now feels like the inside of my Vitamix when I’m trying to process cashews into something vegan. It’s churning, and the result is not as smooth as I’d like. There’s a persistent annoying hum of concern. I don’t quite know if I’m doing this whole pandemic thing right, and I’m slightly worried I’m going to break my expensive blender, or my brain, for that matter. So I’m making lists today.
Whenever my writing feels rusty from lack of practice, lack of sleep, or lack of inspiration, I start with a list. Lists come easily. No need for grammar, spelling, narrative arc, or descriptive language. A list you can come back to, and add to as the mood strikes. You can get all fancy with your bullet journal if you want. Or you can just scribble on the back of an envelope. Here’s a list of lists to use to get your writing started.
Choose one and make a list of…
- Events you are sorry got canceled
- Events you are glad got canceled
- People you are worried about
- Places you plan to go when this is over
- Things you can do for self-care today
- Words to describe how you feel today
- Meals you can cook from your pantry
- What you wish you had in your pantry
- Movies to watch
- New skills to learn while at home
- New skills NOT to learn while at home
- What you can see outside that is giving you life
- Questions you’d like to ask God
- What you are grateful for today
- Lists you can make another day
- Make your own list….
Then, if you like, pick one item from one list and write more about it.