Updated: Apr 11, 2020
What to write when you can't even manage to compose a grocery list
I procrastinated writing this blog post. I had the idea, knew what I wanted to write, but somehow I just couldn’t sit down at the computer to do it.
I worried that what I had to say was boring and no one would read it. Failure. I had to make it perfect – each and every word! Should it be a list or just write paragraphs? I wasted about 20 minutes looking at blog templates. Decided on list.
“Just get on with it,” I told myself.
I can’t tell you how to magically move yourself from the couch to the chair at your desk -- but I can help you with what to do once you have accomplished that feat and are staring at a blank screen and blinking cursor.
If all else fails you can try this bedtime magic trick that writer Chuck Sambuchino swears works for him in desperate times.
Fill up a glass of water. Hold it up to your mouth and tell it that you intend to write brilliantly and beautifully. Drink half the water and set the glass on your night table. The next morning, before you do anything else, drink the rest of the water. Go straight to your computer and write for at least an hour without stopping.
I have not tried this.