I’ve said before on the blog that I tend to not plan out these weekly posts. Some days, it would be easier if I did plan them out, but there’s something about sitting down and riffing on a topic.
Until no topic presents itself.
Normally, earlier on in the week, I’ll have some sort of idea bubbling around in my head that I’ll examine on the blog. But this week, nothing rose to the surface.
I can see unformed ideas swimming just below the surface like giant sea turtles,* but nothing was ready to go when I sat down this week.
Which raised the temptation to, simply, not post anything this week. I didn’t want to do that for a couple of reasons. First, I committed – to myself at the very least – to putting up a post a week, and I’ve been pretty consistent with that. Second, that would have been the easy way out.
While I was typing this, it occurs to me that this is very similar to writing** in that some days, you sit down, ready to go…and nothing comes.
When you start a project, you’re making a kind of commitment – even if it’s only to yourself. Or maybe you’ve got actual commitments you’ve made and you’re working against a deadline. Regardless, you’ve got choices to make.
True, a looming deadline makes the decision to stay put and get some words down easier, but it doesn’t make the actual getting of words down any easier.
So what do you do when you sit down and nothing comes?
You could give yourself a pass for the day.
You could get up and do something else in the hopes that something will jar loose that you can use.
Or you could start typing and see what happens.
Be Safe Y’All!
Time: 12:51 pm – ish
Music: Sabaton – Resist and Bite
*Aye, sea turtles…
** I would argue that writing prose and blogging are two different skills – even when you plan them out