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Tabula Rasa

August 8, 2013
Tabula Rasa

That’s how I often approach a blog post. I’ll sit and just go blank, not having a firm idea what it is I want to write about. Of course, there are times I do have specific ideas, but often I have nothing in mind other than coming here and using the blog as practice for writing.

I treat a blank Word document the same way, when I’m wanting to write something – anything – that’s going to be fiction. It’s often why I end up never writing a thing, as I get distracted by pretty much everything. “Oooh, shiny!” as I  say quite often.

For example, just now I went and googled, “on writing fiction” because, well, I was distracting myself from the post-at-hand. If I can learn more discipline, I might actually start producing some writing. Of course, that also means I need to devote time exclusively to writing. No Facebook or Twitter, no games, just me and the blank page. Every writer says you have to write if you want to be a writer. That seems like a no-brainer to me, but really, it’s not. If I really and truly want to become a writer – even part-time – then I need to devote time daily to it.

One thing I think I’m going to do is begin using lunch time for the process. I’m a creature of habit, as Kim will attest, so if I can add this to my routine, it’ll be a huge plus.


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