My good friend Joe at Working at Home on the Internet tagged me the other day with the most interesting meme :
How do you Fight the Demon of the Blank Computer Screen? (Writers Block)
How should I answer this?
[10 minutes go by]
What do I do when I can’t come up with a post?
[15 minutes go by]
Sound familiar? It’s happened to me a couple of times over my 361 post blogging trek. I just couldn’t type any words. The mind is blank.
What do I do?
I walk away from the computer. It just ain’t meant to be.
And that’s how I slay the dragon- when it breathes fire on my keyboard and makes it impossible to write, I simply get out of the way. It will get tired and the computer keys will no longer be too hot to touch.
To me, blog posts are streams of consciousness – a translation of a feeling or mood that is clarified (and oftentimes expanded upon) on the page. Even when I respond to a meme (like this one), I still try to tap into my current stream.
So I draw off of that – what is going on with me right now? What’s rockin’ my world? What’s making me happy right now? What did I learn today? What songs are playing inside my head?
Some things are more on the surface than others – for example, when I wrote about officiating a wedding. It was easy to start tapping the keys on that day.
Other times, it’s way down below, like when I describe my internal battles (personified by Harry Halffull and Mopey Murphy).
There’s always something rattling inside me – and when it’s ready to come out, it just flows. The title always comes first, and then I riff off of that.
When the rattling is – “oh my, I need to post SOMETHING“, then the dragon appears. So I just wait him out. My blog isn’t going away. The blogosphere will certainly survive without my ramblings for one more day.
So Joe, I know this is pretty Zen-like advice, but here it is – we all have that flow of consciousness. Tap into it. And when it’s blocked by your demon, just wait him out too. The power of your mind is just too great.