Disciplined Writing

I didn’t want to write a blog post today. I’m not feeling it. I’ve got a billion and five other things to do and surely another day without a blog post wouldn’t be that bad? It’s all right cause I’ll write one tomorrow. And it’s okay cause I’m working full time again and there’s loads of stuff going on. I can justify it by telling myself I’m tired/busy/ill and promise myself I’ll definitely do it tomorrow.

But today I decided I have to write a blog post. It’s been too long since the last one and I have very definitely been throwing myself into scripts, writing and working. And I’m going to make myself do it, even though I don’t particularly want to. Even if it’s rubbish. Because at least then, I’ll have written a blog post and I know that the next one will be better (and hopefully way more interesting).

It’s the same with writing scripts. Or editing your film. You need to make sure that you’re doing it regularly, that you exercise that muscle or else it’ll become stiff and then when you try to dive in when you think you’re ready, it’s a much harder slog. A little bit of writing every day will help you to become a better, stronger writer, who can create amazing characters and scenarios at the drop of a hat.

The best thing about writing is that you can come back tomorrow and fix all your mistakes from today. In hindsight, perhaps writing a blog post about not wanting to write a blog post isn’t the best idea – as once it’s published, I can’t really rewrite it or tweak it. Or maybe I will. But at least I’ll have written something to make my blogging brain start to grind together again. And that way, I’ll be more aware of potential blog post topics (although any questions are always welcomed) and I’ll become used to the routine of writing a blog post every week once again.

I’m going to be the first to acknowledge the fact that this is very definitely NOT the best post I’ve ever written. I knew from the very beginning that it wasn’t going to be. But you know what? The more I write, the better it feels. I’m working those muscles and getting back on track. It’s a point that I think a lot of creative people come across at some time and I’m ploughing through it. Pushing against it and making it happen. Determination to get through to the other side and have something to show for it.

I do feel bad that this has been such a rubbish post though. Let me make it up to you. Have a unicorn on a rainbow.


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