I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve sat to write at home and ended up with nothing.
I get to my chair or couch, crack my knuckles and put fingers to keyboard, only to end up watching television and falling asleep.
Then I wake up about 1 in the morning, curse when I remember I have to work the next day, run to the bedroom so fast that I almost trip over the couch, then wake up the next morning feeling guilty about not writing anything.
I usually promise myself I’ll get some writing done when I get back home, only to repeat the same process all over again, tripping over couch and all.
Now this wouldn’t be a problem if I could wake up 6am, all refreshed and ready to hit the day, and start writing.
You’ve got an amazing concept to explain or an awesome fiction story to tell.
So you start writing down the details. The words are flowing great, and the sentences are pouring out.
You feel as though you know exactly what you’re talking about. After all, you’ve thought about it so much that you’ve pretty much lived it.
And you know that when you’re finish and it’s ready to be shared with the world, everyone will love it.
Then suddenly, you hit an “unsure fact” obstacle. Your fingers skid across the keys. That inspirational tune playing in your mind comes to a scratching halt. It’s like slamming your F1 car straight into a wall.
Now you’re unsure about that last sentence you just typed because you just don’t know if it’s possible.
I cursed the day when man filmed the first reality show.
There’s nothing more annoying than someone being followed by a camera and talking useless trivia.
But I didn’t realise that reality shows also spanned to people with a purpose (and I’ve been watching Pawn Stars all this time).
The latest, and surprisingly inspiring, is Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy channel.
For a fantasy writer like me, coming across this show was like tripping over an ancient Egyptian vase in your back yard.
Who is Jim Henson?
So in case you didn’t know, Jim Henson is the creator of the Muppets. He also created several characters in Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and the Storyteller, and his studio produced movies like Dark Crystal and the Labyrinth.
While he passed away several years ago, he left quite a legacy.
In the reality show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, […]
With that, I could imagine music scratching to a halt, loud gasps filling the air, and chairs dragging on the floor as everyone turns to see who is the weirdo that dared to make such a blasphemous statement.
But it’s true, and I say it without apology.
Just a couple of seconds on the damn site fills me with more pain than having to watch a marathon of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Why Do I Hate Facebook So Much?
It’s too distracting.
Everyone’s poking everything, inviting you to play Candy Crush, checking out pictures, sending flirty messages. Basically doing nothing productive (and I already spend enough time doing nothing productive).
You would think that a place as text intensive as Facebook would be a writer’s dream, right?
I had the pleasure of visiting California recently to attend a conference. The concept was that, while I attended the conference during the day, I would continue my writing during the night (and early mornings) just like what I normally do at home in sweet Trinidad and Tobago.
It would be like I never left. Easy enough, right?
Except, I was not at home. I did leave.
I was in an entirely different country. And because of that, I did absolutely no writing at all.
Have you ever experienced this? Is travelling and writing (or any other hobby, exercise maybe) a problem?
It is for me. I know because this isn’t the first time I’ve tried.
Why Can’t I Travel and Write?
For me, the problem happens because there’s too much action going on. The conference had all these after hour social events, […]
It’s amazing what you learn at the Barbershop. It can range from what’s the real purpose of a goatee to the best way to discipline your kids.
The most recent and surprising lesson I learned was about writing.
While going through the annoying and almost fortnightly process of getting a haircut, my barber reminded me of a rule that was long lost in history: an object at rest needs more force to move than an object in motion.
How this reminder came up is a long story, and beside the point. It got me thinking about circuit boards and centripetal forces and equations that jump over each other. And somehow writing snuck in there.
Have you been struggling to get back in the writing zone? Is the thought of writing more painful than cooking for your mother-in-law?
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