Last week a fellow copywriter accidentally sent me his first draft of his work in progress.
(Note to those of you who are new to Apple Air Drop: make sure you know where you’re sending your stuff. And don’t send sensitive materials if you’re practicing.)
We commonly share all kinds of writing and such with each other so of course, I cracked it open and read it. (I didn’t know he didn’t mean to share. Otherwise I would have respected his privacy.)
Reading his work was a wake-up call for me. In many ways. First, he had almost 36,000 words down. That made 99 pages. I still haven’t hit 10,000 words.
This is a man with a full-time job, a wife and a three-year-old. Way busier than I am. They recently found mushrooms growing in their basement. His hands are full.
Yet he still managed to get down half a novel.
Where’s my excuse?
The cat’s looking at me funny.
Having writer’s block and a looming deadline can zap your creative juices faster than a cat can claw you for rubbing its belly.
There’s always typing with your eyes closed but sometimes —such as when your brain is stressed — closing your eyes just gives your brain time to invent horrors that will befall you should you fail.
Most often, when you’re blocked, it’s not because you can’t find any words; it’s because you can’t settle on the right words. You expect perfection the first time out.
Add to that being under the proverbial gun to produce, and you’ve got pressure.
So much pressure.
Sometimes you thrive. Other times, you need an escape route.
Give yourself something to edit.