Writing every day

Posted on December 19, 2013

photoI have started writing again.

Let me start that again.

I have started writing for no apparent reason again.

This is unusual behaviour for me. I am very much a purposeful writer. I have projects. Lots and lots of projects. I am always writing something, be it a feature article, a corporate whatnot, a blog post, a novel, a newsletter, a thing.

But last week, apropos of nothing, I opened a word document and just started writing. Stuff. Nothing in particular. Thoughts, memories, impressions, images, imaginings. And I’ve been adding to it every day. Just a few hundred words at a time.

I don’t think it’s for anything.

It’s not a project. It’s not even a thing.

Just writing.

But when I do it, I feel kind of like that duck in the picture. Zooming along, with my mouth wide open, bubbling up.

It’s probably not pretty to watch.

Do you write for no apparent reason?


  1. river

    one day you’ll type The End and discover you’ve written a novel.

  2. Megan Blandford

    This is on my list of “things to do more of in 2014”. What a great feeling.

  3. Clare at CatsEatDogs

    I only write for no apparent reason! I write on my blog and the occasional letter or card. I think I would like to write more regularly for no reason and see if a reason or even a project becomes clear.

    • Allison Tait

      Start with writing regularly for no reason and see if a project emerges. They often do…

  4. Kym Campradt

    Hmm I’m not sure… I haven’t been doing too much writing lately. Sooo, I’m going to set a task (you know how much I love lists!) and just write for no reason. But I must schedule time to do it. So it’s a compromise, right?

    • Allison Tait

      I know. But if you don’t do at least some scheduling no writing ever gets done…

  5. Kelly Exeter

    Whoah …. I just totally got the heebie jeebies thinking about ‘non-purposeful’ writing. Brain does not compute!!

    • Allison Tait

      I know! It takes a bit of getting used to…

  6. Maxabella

    I’m pretty sure that’s the only kind of writing I do.

  7. Emily

    I like it. I love the kind of writing that ends somewhere far, far away from where it started.

    • Allison Tait

      I rarely write like that. I’m finding it liberating.

  8. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus

    I love to just write and the thoughts and dreams and whatevers just come out.

    • Allison Tait

      I am finding my way with that!

  9. Alana

    I love writing with no reason. I think you can uncover some real gems that way.

    • Allison Tait

      Well, a few rocks so far I think, but who knows what’s coming?

  10. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)

    My favourite type of writing, that I don’t do often enough. There is a freedom with just writing for the sake of writing and it doesn’t take long to open the faucet of imagination and creativity. I really must get back into doing it more often.

    • Allison Tait

      Yes, it’s certainly been eye-opening for me!

  11. Rebecca Graham

    I’m the opposite. I have no purpose when I write. I write in my blog, which is my way of keeping my pen at the ready. But I don’t really have a purpose. No projects or anything. I think I need to find some…

    • Allison Tait

      Projects tend to present themselves as and when you need them. Til then, just enjoy the writing I say!

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