My blog is relatively barren. Relative to all the stuff I write in my head, anyhow. My head explodes with ideas – I process my whole day in terms of how I would write about it – and yet I don’t. I am sitting right next to a list that says:
Long lines at Peets
Then and Now
All of those are things I would like to write about and yet I suspect I won’t. Or I will write something and post it to the drafts folder of my email and forget about it.
Part of the problem is that I’m a terrible first draft writer. When I write it comes out like crap and requires several edits which means it takes a long time which is a great excuse to just skip it. Part of it is that I don’t find most of my writing particularly entertaining and yes, I realize that is an acquired skill that will not get better until I put more time into the craft. Mostly I seem to approach writing the same way I deal with exercise. I listen to the whiney little voice in my head who is a master of excuses and a notorious procrastinator.
I feel like the Elephant Man who said (in the fictionalized play) “Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams” only mine is so full of stuff to write about. It’s also a rather small head but hopefully you get the point.
The 4 or so people who regularly read this blog all have blogs of their own (I think). So how do you do it? What motivates you? How do you get the stuff rattling around in your head to come out the ends of your fingers? I’m not as concerned about the ‘why’ as I am about the ‘how’.