In one of my Guru Minute videos, I talk about using dead time — time spent waiting — to tweet. This time I tried my hand at something totally new — creative writing on Instagram.
You know when life hits you with the unexpected? It can be a bit stressful to say the least.
A few weeks ago, The Mr., went to the ER. Complications from dialysis had caused pneumonia. One night in ICU and two in the hospital and the fluid was removed and he’s okay. But he’s not 100%. My husband is a very active man — and I’m finding out just how.
Just trying to keep up with his part of our division of labor has been killing me.
Anyway, back to the story.
So I needed to go to the laundromat to wash our bedding which I was too exhausted for but it had to be done. Why not take advantage of it?
Firstly, I’d have two hours to myself. I could read the Internet and just relax. (It’s funny how you can relax while working.) But I was given another blessing: it was totally quiet.
So, like some of my favorite Instagramers, I thought I’d take a stab at some creative writing.
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Something out of time past, this neglected asbestos floor, decorated only with the carnage of dryer sheets, could tell stories of woe, heartache, and grit. How many kids fell while playing a game of tag, annoying older women just struggling to achieve the minimum? How many quarters bought treats meant to silence whines? How many scraped enough quarters just to get by? How many times has this floor been swept, cleaned? How many times flooded only to be dried to start another day? #LaundromatTales
So I took one photo, made it black and white, and took a stab at a mini-story.
That was fun so I did it again.
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Can you imagine in a different era? Dryer 19 barking on the street corner, "Six minutes for two bits! Six minutes!" Swirling. Grabbing up your coins. You wait, hoping advertised promises are fulfilled. Mesmerized, you watch what you know is yours, distracted only by wheels that need oil, buzzing fluorescent lights, and light traffic on the street. Held hostage by your own chores, you wait. It'll be done soon enough. #LaundromatTales
Here are some things I learned:
- Previously suffering from writer’s block, this exercise has helped me feel more creative. I think the sense of feeling creative is a big part of writer’s block.
- I like the photo in black and white. It seems to emphasize the words and distinguishes from the rest of my feed. In this case, the photo’s not the point, only the attention grabber.
- Next time, I’d write the story/description in Notes on my phone or maybe email. After a couple of lines on Instagram, it was a challenge to go backward to edit. The platform doesn’t support what I would call long-form content.
- I had fun.