Getting Unstuck

Red Smith was asked if turning out a daily column wasn’t quite a chore. …”Why, no,” dead-panned Red. “You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”

Here’s what works for me:

Start in the middle.

Stop worrying about a great lead and just write something about your subject. It doesn’t have to be good; you can fix that later. Just get some blood . . . er . . . words on paper.

Just start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).

Instead of the lead, try writing a working headline and deck.

Take a break.

Get a cup of coffee. Eat an apple. Take a walk. Listen to a podcast.

Revise what you wrote yesterday.

Merely retyping a couple of paragraphs can get you warmed up.

Write about something else.

Write a letter. Make a “to do” list. Turn to another writing project. 

Take a shower.

The flow of water on your body can get those writing juices flowing. Granted, I work at home, where this is possible anytime. 

If you don’t have that option, at least use your daily shower time for thinking—and writing.  How?

Invest in an AquaNotes waterproof pad and pencil—or send me a note, and I’ll mail you one. Don’t let your great ideas slip down the drain!