I have a book by The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. As the title of this blog post would imply, it’s called 642 Things To Write About. I may have bought it for myself, or it may have been a gift from my friend, Gillette. I can’t remember.
According to the introduction, the members of The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto wrote the book in one day. Literally. In one 24-hour period, they sat down and came up with 642 things to write about.
Now, there were thirty-five writers at The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto at the time. So, they each only had to come up with about eighteen ideas — assuming there were no duplicates. I suppose it would have been more impressive if there were only two members of The Grotto and they’d each come up with 321 ideas in 24-hours. But still, to write a whole book in a day is a big deal no matter how you slice it.
Here’s the thing, though. I’ve had the book for years. Do you know how many things I’ve written about? Exactly zero.
The gentleman who runs AVO, the Fear of Flying website for which I’ve been writing, gave me one word: turbulence, and I happily flew through 1,800 words. I felt inspired! Yet I pick up a book with 642 ideas, and I get bupkis.
So I think the issue is that left to my own devices, I write when I feel inspired to write. But when someone gives me a topic, then I can run with it. So maybe I shouldn’t be picking from the book myself. Maybe someone else should be doing it for me.
This is just an experiment. I need someone’s help. In the comments, if you would, give me a page number between 1 and 250, and then a number between 1 and 4. And whatever you choose for me, that’s what I’ll write about on my next post. It might be awful, but I just want to see how it goes.
Who knows? It could be another turbulence masterpiece!
Thanks in advance, and wish me luck!