Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Writing Lessons from Groundhog Day
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties because it's COLD out there today!
So remembering the "writing in the morning is best" mantra, you beat your head against the stone wall of a few paragraphs for several hours until they loosen up slightly.
You do this over and over again. Eventually, your eyes are watering so much that you can't see the screen.
You check your email, having turned it off as part of the "good writing demands concentration" mantra. You realize that a whole conversation is going on between a couple of your collaborators, who are never, ever off email, ever, and that they've been demanding answers from you for a couple of hours now.
You look at the list of stuff you failed to do today and that you cannot do tomorrow because of being on campus. Fail, fail, fail.
What can you do?
First, you can give up and watch Groundhog Day, since you can't see to write any more anyway.
Second, you can take a lesson from the movie.
No, not this one, although it certainly feels true every February: "It's going to be cold, and it's going to be gray, and it's going to last you the rest of your life."
It's this: if you make incremental change, even just a tiny bit every day, eventually you will get there.