I did some writing at work today (YES, boss, on a BREAK!) (oh, yeah, like my boss reads my blog, dream on, Cindy!), but the thing I finished wasn’t good for the blog and the thing that was good for the blog isn’t finished (ooh, here’s a Freudian typo: I put “bog” instead of “blog”). Actually, the thing I finished could use some revision and addendums, but let’s not worry about that now. I have a blog post to make.
Lately I have been having the problem of feeling unable to write. I am obsessed with puzzles: anacrostics, crosswords, cryptograms, anything with a pencil and clue (cue jokes about how I may have a pencil, but I certainly do not have a clue). I cut cryptograms and crosswords out of the daily paper, and I have puzzle books as well. Some days I purposely leave all puzzles at home, so I will have to write. Sometimes that does not work very well. I sit there looking at the blank page and feel actual physical discomfort from not having a puzzle to work on, or I write something so bad, stupid or ridiculous that I still feel physical discomfort.
Once in a while, however, I surprise myself. I try to write one sentence and suddenly find myself scribbling paragraph after paragraph. It’s great! How do I make that happen all the time? As I sit here, I realize I can offer myself a number of suggestions. I’ll mention a few of them and you can tell me if they sound good or if I’m full of beans (always a possibility).
- Have a project going. Today I met with success because the two things I worked on were things I had started previously. That is, I wasn’t starting from a dead stop. However, this does not always work. Sometimes the project I was working on is bogging down for one reason or another. This leads me to my second suggestion.
- Start a new project. It is really easy for me to start making notes on new novel or murder mystery. Actually, given my track record of unfinished projects, this may not be the best advice for me to follow, although in a pinch, it may get the pencil moving.
- Here is my real takeaway from today’s little bit of success: KEEP TRYING! I never know when I am going to be stuck with the blank page and pen that doesn’t move or when I’m going to write and keep going. But if I right away get buried in an anacrostic, I for sure won’t get anything written.
Hmm… I thought I was going to have more suggestions. Still, I said “a number” and 3 is a number. I’m going to call that OK for Non-Sequitur Thursday. I think I’ll go stare at a blank page for a while and see if anything happens.