I wanted to do some free writing this morning using a prompt. I went over to Twitter for inspiration (
@hourlyprompts or @writingprompts) but ended spending a good half an hour reading twits and clicking on links.
I finally got back to my initial purpose and saw the current prompt from Hourly Prompt was ‘Child’s Play’ and thought ‘okay, I can try that’.
I wrote my new post title and then looked at the screen for a few minutes with no useful ideas at all popping into my head. ‘I’ll go and have breakfast now and then will pick a new prompt when I get back.’
While I was getting breakfast ready, I realised that the approach I have with writing, this new hobby of mine, is the same I have with most things I do. And it occurred to me that this prompt couldn’t be more appropriate to describe that attitude.
I don’t put much effort into anything I do, I’ll try anything that interests me but only as long as it’s easy. For example at work, I understand the kind of commitments and behaviours that are needed to move up the ladder. I don’t want to move up the ladder because I don’t want to put any more effort, in terms of time or intellectual commitment into it.
I love photography but I’m too lazy to fully learn how to use the camera or to plan any type of shots. I have taken drawing lessons and I found I love drawing and painting but these don’t come naturally to me so I don’t do them unless I am taking a class.
This sums up my approach to life pretty well – I’ll happily do something if it is child’s play to me, otherwise I’ll find an excuse or reason not to. Well, I am going to work on that with the writing. Until recently I had no idea I could write anything slightly creative but unknown stories come to the front of my mind when I read prompts and I enjoy exploring that.
Even if it takes time, I will wait until I can write about the prompt I picked, instead of giving up and looking for another one. Right, so I have just done that now!