I GOTTA Get This Done

I always write with a certain urgency, because I know from past experience, that one day the words won’t run out of my fingers.  It happens to me from time to time, and seems nothing I can do for it.

Nothing to be Done

Nothing to do for the day when the words won’t come…or is there?

I can have some words pre written, I call it having a post ‘on the hook’, ready to go when nothing happens.

I can (and do) write at a regular pace, regular time.  0300 local time seems best for me, so I sit down and try to mangle out a set number of words every day.  They don’t always have to be the right words, but need to be pointed in the right direction.

I can edit.  Some days it is just best to go through the task of editing mangled words into usable content.  If the thought is pure and good when I write them, editing will often turn them into something legible and readable.

Urgency Revisited

So.  Why am I sitting here at 0400 urgently trying to get today’s blog post into useable shape?  Several reasons, all of which sound like excuses to me right now.

I finished a project yesterday, the end could have been postponed until today.  Sorta.  The flow was real good yesterday, I really like what I wrote, and I wrote a lot.  Fuhgit about yesterday.

I could have used my ‘hook’ post, except I was fired up on Wednesday and used much of the material in the ‘hook’ file on that post.  It’s still there, but I won’t be able to use it for at least a couple of weeks.

Change the Things I Can

What to do?

I can write at least one more ‘hook’ post this weekend.  2 would be better.

I can adapt my urgency into a little better schedule, where I have a day or two of cushion left in every project.  Editing days or something.

Add one or two days to every project, so I’m not left with a huge percentage near the end of the project.  Try to spread more writing into the earlier parts, where I am typically researching and taking notes.

And In the End…

Urgency is a part of how I work.  I need to accept that.  Worry about the urgency is a part of my make up.  I already know that.

I realize that this is mostly personal to me.  I hope someone, somewhere, can get something usable out of this…That will make two of us very happy!

I’m just sayin’


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