Just Start Writing

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Writing CycleWe’ve all hit that wall. The one where we just stare at the fact sheet … read the copy points ad nauseam, and just get … nothing good entering your mind.

So, you have a couple of options. You can continue down the fruitful path you’ve been treading, or try something different.

Just. Start. Writing.

Write the most mundane thing you can. Straight up factual garbage. Just spit it out. Spew it all over the page like a frat boy emptying his stomach after a three day kegger.

You’ve starting the writing circle. You’ve done so much thinking, it hurts. The best thing you can do now is just break down that wall by writing. Anything. Even if it’s terrible rubbish. Just write.

Then start editing.

Look at the words you have written, and ask yourself, “How do I make this better? If somebody had given this to me for critique/help, what would I say or do here?”

So edit away. Polish your stone. Make it shiny.

At the end of the day, yes, you could indeed be polishing a turd. So start again at the top. Think about what you’ve edited and polished. Still not good enough?  Write again. Edit more. Polish again.

Somewhere in the process, you might just get your eureka moment. Or, you’ll have a very shiny turd. But the page won’t be blank, and that’s better than what you started with!

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