I hope you had a good week. I sort of stumbled and struggled through this week.
I struggled to get any writing done. I struggled to make phone calls. I struggled to tell people about my business. When I did anything I stumbled along to get started and get anything done.
I didn't feel like writing today. Well, not really, I felt like writing but didn't feel like getting started. I couldn't frame my thoughts or pull a coherent sentence together. Sometimes trying to see through the torrential downpour of experiences, thoughts, ideas, and emotions blinding my thoughts can be challenging. What does that look like?
A lot of scratched out lines, lists of words, half written sentences, short paragraphs that hop from topic to topic. Broken, jagged spaces and words that don't flow together. Picking up my pencil and putting it down multiple times. Writing a few words and then stopping and staring out the window. Getting up and wandering around a little bit.
Then suddenly I squeeze out the first coherent sentence and I am on my way. The words start to flow as if by magic. My mind slows down and focuses. Ideas gel and writing starts, the world falls away from around me and I am in the zone. The torrential downpour ceases and a steady stream of concious thought flows easily.
Sometimes I think the hardest part of writing is getting my ass in the chair and forcing the first sentence onto paper. Once I get started the words come out. Not every sentence is perfect. Paragraphs and sentences may need to be arranged but the work starts to take form. The first draft comes together slowly in fits and starts. My mind wanders a little but it is easier to pull it back on task. A story forms.
What about you? Is there something you do that you enjoy once you get started but... getting started is harder than the task? Once you get started it easy to stay focused and on task.
"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until they are focused." Alexander Graham Bell
"I get a fine warm feeling when I am doing well, but the pleasure is negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell." William Styron
"The biggest barrier to starting a company isn't ideas, funding or experience. It's excuses." Sarah Lacy
The very different quote topics but a common theme... focus, working and resistance to getting started.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate you. Please feel free to comment or disagree.
All the best,