One of the things I need to learn is how to write when I don’t feel
like it. Today was a pretty blah day. I fixed the bug in my
visualizations, took a couple of screenshots, and sent the results to
my research supervisor. I met someone for lunch. I puttered around a
bit with some drafts for an article that I’ve been meaning to write
for a few months now. Argh.
I can understand why the article’s so important, but I’m gettig
paralyzed by the thought of my words being in print! Uneditable! Gasp,
I really should just whack myself over the head and tell myself that
as long as I get _something_ in, that’s better than nothing. This is
not alwys true, of course, but it generally is.
Life is about showing up.
I need to break that article down into even smaller things. Lots of
little blog posts on my internal blog, if I have to.
As long as I get it done.
The other trick I need to learn is keeping a whole bunch of ideas that
I love writing about. I breezed through the ten speeches for the
Competent Communicator certification because I had so many things I’d
been wanting to talk about. If I have a file with all sorts of things
I can write longer pieces on, then I can almost always write about
something I’m passionate about – whatever that passion is at the
<wry grin> I know! Maybe I need to stop looking for interesting
people and start surrounding myself with the most uninteresting people
instead. ;) That way, I’ll be sure to be the first person in the lab
each morning and the last to leave it each night.
Must learn how to hack this. I need to be more in the mood to write,
and I need to have the discipline to write even when I’m not quite in
the mood to do so.
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One of the best antidotes to a funk must be the company of friends.