Thursday, March 04, 2010

Blanking Out

Sometimes you do sit down in front of the machine and find yourself with nothing much on your mind. This can happen even if you went to bed with a clear and specific idea for a blog post (like writing a response to another blog post). You know what are you going to write about, and you know roughly what you want to say, but once you open up the document (or, in this case, the editing window) only fragments and half-sentences come out. You have done your morning exercises. You have made a cup of coffee. But the writing session is now coming to an end (I blog in the mornings from 6:00 am to 7:00 am) and there's nothing there on the page. So what do you do? Well, one thing you might do is is spend the last ten minutes of your writing session reflecting about the session itself. Articulate the experience of not having anything to say. Tomorrow you make another attempt.

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