What are the things that you think about, but don’t write down? #amwriting

So, I was thinking of pretty negative what-if questions yesterday. And it really brought me down a notch. After it mostly passed, I thought about why I didn’t write any of those down.

Why was it so easy to write down positive and, er, post-apocalyptic big-scale worldly destruction what-if questions, and not normal, everyday ones? Like, what if my mom broke her leg? What would happen then? How would we get anywhere? (I don’t drive, and my sister isn’t driving yet either.)

That’s really simple, but when you think of it yourself, it might as well be the apocalypse.

What are the thoughts that occur to you, that you dwell on, but don’t think too deeply about? What are you avoiding thinking about? Why aren’t you planning three steps ahead for the future? Or even one step?

If you were a character in a novel, what would you do if The Horrible Thing happened? What would you want to happen? What’s the worst thing that could happen? How would it be resolved in either case?

It may not work for everybody, but thinking about my life as a story is really helping me out. It’s easier not to get stuck in the moment of what’s actually happening right now, when I think about, for example, that I’ll probably be transferring to a new college in about a year or so. And, like, maybe I’ll be more independent somehow. Maybe I’ll move into an apartment. Who knows.

Whether you’re the hero, the villain, the sidekick, or the damsel in distress, you play a part in this world, and things will happen, and you will get past them, one way or another.

It’s good to think about the future, when you find yourself getting stuck into a mode of thinking that forces you to think the future won’t exist.

Mary Wright

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