On Saturdays, at the Write Practice, we like to do the opposite of what we’ve done during the week. Why? Because what do we know? We’re trying to figure out this writing thing just like you are. The fact that we have a Top 10 Blog for Writers doesn’t mean we know what we’re talking about 100% of the time. So we feel that if we do the opposite every once in a while, it might average out in our favor.
Also, because doing the opposite is fun.
Earlier this week, we talked about how to capture more life in your writing. To me, the opposite of more life is not more death. Death can be exceedingly interesting: skulls, the hair and fingernails that never stop growing, decay, and plenty of existential thoughts about the nature of life in a world with death. No, instead the true opposite of that post is how to capture more ennui in your writing.
Ennui. Noun. Pronounced EN-you-ee.
A feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.
(according to dictionary.com)
I first heard this word from a homeless man, an author who wrote a book about his experience on the streets, and described it as a life of mind-destroying ennui.
Yes, this upcoming practice will be boring.
Why should you do it? Because everyone is bored at some point. You should know how to describe their experience in as interesting a way as possible.
Sit in your house and stare at the least interesting wall you have.
Describe what you see, feel, and hear.
Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your practice in the comments.