Sometimes you need to puke to make yourself feel better.
I haven’t thrown up since 1984.
Seriously, I’m talking 31 years without so much as a dry heave. And that’s an extra special accomplishment when you consider the tons of buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks and General Tso’s chicken I’ve eaten over those three decades.
But when it comes to writing shows, writing ad copy, or even writing blogs, I puke up all the time.
If you’re a writer (And who isn’t? No matter what your specialty, you’re at the very least required to write emails and letters to persuade people to do what you want them to do.), then at some point you’ve probably stared at a blank screen and wondered, “What the @#%$ am I gonna say?”
It can be paralyzing, can’t it? Scary? Depressing, even?
That’s when I puke.
See, at the beginning stage of writing, it’s very easy for the perfectionist to take over. You don’t want to put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper until you have it exactly “write.” So you stare, and wait for inspiration to come.
And nothing happens.
It’s so much easier just to throw up.
Just start moving your fingers, start moving your hands, write whatever is on your mind. Just puke all over the page. First drafts of any written material are always messy. Accept that it’s going to be that, and just get it out there.
Because it’s so much easier to shape something when there’s something there in the first place to shape.
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