Drone another day

I’m stuck.

Where once I was writing frequently now i’ve fallen into a rut.

Where I originally struck out with the intention, just do it, just write, just get something out there, I then archived a lot of crap, realising that it was all self indulgent. The posts were nothing more than an outpouring. A release. An unstructured thought bubble of whatever came up in my mind at that moment.

 

 

You can’t edit an empty page

The more you think about writing something, the more you freeze.

There is nothing as intimidating as the crisp white page or the blank canvas.

But get something down.

Anything.

It doesn’t have to be great. It doesn’t have to be much. But start.

Because it’s only once you have put pen to paper that you can whittle, refine and improve what you are trying to say.

You can’t edit an empty page.

Dare greatly

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Everything you know is wrong

“psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window, psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”

– Terrence Mckenna

The importance of edit.

The call to write and then the challenge to get started.

It’s that opening sentence that is the hardest.

Once you get past that and get into that flow state all of that junk just starts to pour out of your mind. Sometimes we just have to start right? It’s that self doubt and the thought that what you put down won’t be good enough.

It’s coherency that is often the challenge. The psychobabble might make sense as it comes out of your head, but when you read it back you realise that you’ve simply put a lot of words on a page about nothing at all.

We all have so many ideas with literally hundreds of categories and themes and tangents to go off into. The thing is, how do you make it tangible or logical for someone who isn’t you?

Therein lies the importance of the next step. The edit. The uncelebrated art of learning to pull it all together and make what we are writing coherent.

What we read is rarely a first draft.

What we hear is rarely a first take.

The message, the product, the beauty only becomes apparent in the edit.