Unloading those errant thoughts. #SoulfulSunday


Sometimes, when I sit down to write–like just now–there are ten things on my mind I would like to write about. But, as I begin to type, I feel all of those thoughts and ideas scurrying in every direction, trying to flee, like an errant child trying to hide after getting caught red-handed.

I wonder what it is about these thoughts. Do they want to be understood, or do they want to baffle me? Life is as it is so complicated, and add to that the complications that arise out of our overactive imagination, things get tough.

There are depressing thoughts, and there are questions that leave me feeling frustrated. Sometimes, there are happy thoughts, and sometimes morose ones. And, in the span of a day, all of these varied feelings and the related thoughts take up all the space in my mind, simultaneously, that thinking straight is a futile exercise.

Today was such a day. It being a Sunday, I thought how nice it would be if I could give my my mind a break, too, from all the stress it had been carrying the past week. But, no. Those thoughts didn’t give me a minute’s respite. I dealt with them as best as I could. I tried drawing, watching TV, listening to music. Nothing worked. And, finally, when I sat down to write it all down what was troubling me, all these thoughts just fled, leaving me staring at the computer screen, blankly, wondering what to write about. The timer had begun and I had to write something.

Thankfully, I ended up typing 267 words!

I feel when we talk about Writer’s Block, we don’t consider the stuff we can actually write about as we battle that Block.

I don’t know if whatever I have written makes sense, but I am glad I managed to write something; get my mind thinking something fruitful instead of wasting away precious energy frustrating over things not working out.


The above post is a 10-minute free writing exercise that’s a part of #SoulfulSunday–a brainchild of my friend, Esha Mookerjee Dutta. And, I, along with my dear friend, Vinitha Dileep, are following this new concept of stealing 10 minutes from our busy schedules and just writing to give our mind a break from all the chaos around. 

Do join in every Sunday at 7 pm (IST) and get going. There won’t be any editing of the posts we write, and there will be no judgements, either, coz usually, when you just pour down your thoughts on paper, you never look back to edit what you have written, isn’t it?

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

15 thoughts on “Unloading those errant thoughts. #SoulfulSunday

  1. Loved your write-up, Shilpa. Random thoughts can come so beautifully, no? It’s so true that even when we feel we have a writer’s block, we can still write so much, if only we write from the heart. I was struggling today to focus and concentrate especially in the midst of the commotion around, but thankfully, even if short. I managed it. The exercise and the joy I felt from joining you and Vinitha today to do this together.

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    1. I just read your post, Esha, and if this is how you write in the midst of chaos, I wonder how you will write when in a peaceful setting. You have it in you to touch people’s heart through your words. So, please, write more.
      And, thank you for your words…always encouraging, always so full of love!

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  2. Oh I agree with the thoughts fleeing the scene when I try to write them down. It’s like my mind is a blank slate. I feel so utterly disappointed. But yeah thoughts are always there looming behind a pale curtain to unfold the moment I turn my attention to something different. Hmm. I loved reading your flow of thoughts, dear Shilpa. I am hoping that this exercise would give us an opportunity to chase after those unruly thoughts and pen them down. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Just let the words flow, and writers block will be a thing of past.
    P.S I forgot all about Sunday 7pm till I saw your post. Let’s hope I’m able to join next time. This is truly brilliant idea

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    1. Yes, Ruchi. That is a god way to deal with Writer’s Block: let the words flow, write what comes to the mind, even if it seems to make no sense, and finally, something very sensible will take shape.

      Do set an alarm in your phone so you get the reminder and you won’t miss it. 🙂


  4. The free writes are the best! I am glad you wrote and articulated your thoughts so well.
    In my case, the errant child is not just hiding but has fled the city itself. Need to find it and get it back home!


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