As I explained yesterday, I’m a little behind on Writing 101. It doesn’t matter. It’s not like they’re going to kick me off the course or that it’ll affect my final grade. I don’t even get a final grade. I should get a final grade. It would clearly be an A.
Having said that, if I manage to complete Friday’s task today then I’ll be back up to date.
So I’m going to try to do just that.
Will I succeed?
The tension is palpable.
Ok I’ll put you out of your misery. I did succeed and the fruits of my labour can be found below.
The fifth assignment of Writing 101 was to write a post inspired by a ‘tweet’.
As in something that someone else wrote, in 140 characters or less, on the popular social media platform,Twitter.
I am on Twitter as it goes, though I’m not very good at it. Mostly I just post links to this blog.
But sometimes I read other tweets. I predominantly follow other bloggers so I usually see tweets that are links to their blogs.
Sometimes they tweet other things that amuse and entertain me though. Conversely, I rarely tweet anything that is worthwhile. Apparently 140 characters just isn’t my medium.
As it happens, my own relationship with Twitter is irrelevant because the Writing 101 assignment came with a choice of pre-selected tweets for us to use as inspiration.
It’s fairly hard to motivate myself to write a post inspired by a tweet written a year ago by someone I neither know personally nor, in fact, have ever heard of. But given that I was feeling demotivated and liable to procrastinate I chose this one:
It’s quite witty and actually it doesn’t really need a response because it neatly encapsulates an idea that is profoundly clear to anyone who reads it. I can’t write anything that is going to add much to this.
But a response was required by Writing 101 so I have written one. It is this:
Procrastination is essential to creativity, if the procrastination in question is a reaction to something else entirely. Some of my most creative writing happened when I was at university. But it happened when I should have been writing essays about French literature not humorous stories about magical penguins (and fat giraffes). I never once had a university assignment that asked me to write a parody of Start Trek. But I did just that when I should have been writing about Moliere.
I was never top of the class, but I achieved mediocre grades, thanks in no small way to some pretty creative procrastination.
On the other hand, it took me two years to write a second-rate novel that I then couldn’t be bothered to edit properly because writing and editing a novel was exactly what I wanted to achieve at that particular time.
I’m always much more creative when I have other things I should be doing.