Burning up the Keyboard
Often times when I start a new project, book, short story….(blog post!)….I find the beginning the hardest part. I’ll stare at the darn blank page, the blinking cursor and my brain which just moments ago was crackling with ideas suddenly flat-lines.
“Hello? Brain? What’s going on up there?”
“Wow. You amaze me with your witty repartee.”
“Do you need some caffeine?”
“Oh, that would be lovely.”
“Amazing. That was a complete sentence.”
“It was? How did that happen?”
Who knows indeed. Who knows where ideas come from? It seems more often than not the ideas come when I’m least looking for them.
Like in the shower.
I don’t know if it’s because the hot water is gently massaging my scalp and my brain suddenly gets all comfy and decides, “Oh, what the hell, I’ll let the ideas loose so they can run around and stretch their legs…” but whenever I get stuck on writing, a good solution for me is to take a shower.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a water-proof laptop.
(Note to computer makers: Create a water-proof laptop and I’d bet it would be a big hit….at least with the creative types who like to be clean).
Other times when I’m stuck creatively, I quit looking at the blank screen, I quit staring at the blinking cursor and I close my eyes. I put my fingers on the keyboard (making sure my fingers are in the correct location–rather important unless you can read gibberish) and I start typing whatever comes to mind as quickly as I can. Usually a bit of gunk comes flying out at first, (think: the stuff you pull out of a plugged-up drain) but after a while, the words, like the water, starts to flow. Blood starts pumping through my fingers, they loosen up, and soon enough I’m burning up my keyboard. I’m in the zone. Ideas are fighting and clawing and scratching their way out of my brain…It can get a bit messy…
I wrote the first draft of the fantasy novel I’m currently working on in that fashion. Fast!
Now, of course, I have to slow down a bit while I’m editing (plus, I have to give my keyboard a chance to cool off), but at least I have something I can work with–the story isn’t lodged inside my head anymore.
….And that’s another blog post for another day, because I need to get back to editing.
Good luck to each of you on your own endeavors and have a great day!