December 19th, 2019 – 449

I ended up going to the shop yesterday. By now you know what I’m going to write next. Late night, wrote super tired, got little sleep. I do not know why I keep doing this to myself. Ok, I will admit it was worth it, and I don’t regret my choice. That said, I am now fighting uphill on the last proper workday of the year. On the flipside, it is the last proper work day of the year, at least for my paid job.

I’m seeing Star Wars tomorrow, so that’s giving me a thing to look forward to.  Keeping positive isn’t proving hard, but it’s nice to give myself an emotional buffer. It’s bizarre as I was a wreck a week after we lost Eastbourne in 2015. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sad, and no less so than the last time, but so much more stable than I’ve been in the past. I’m glad about that. My own feelings aside about the flaws with democracy – a book I keep almost writing and then deciding no, that will come back to bite me – positive is good. There needs to be a lot less hate in politics, and I want to lead by calm example.

So writing! What’s a writing amirite? This is an anything-but-writing blog. TSS is coming along so well I don’t know what to say. At the start I felt certain this project would see me suffer a huge bout of writers block. Except, well now I get what the people who say “writers block doesn’t exist” mean. I still think they word it in a stupid way that reads more like ‘ner ner ner ner ner, I’m better at this than you’. But now I understand you can craft writing as as much a habit as tooth brushing, I see how you can avoid it.

I’m going to keep harping on about my holy tritity of books that changed my life: Getting Things Done, Enough, and The Power of Habit. I used an Oxford comma there and now I’m feeling dirty, am not a fan. So that last book talks about how the more you do a task over and over, the less your brain has to work on it. When you try and think too hard about it, you end up having to do all the work in your consious mind. That is “writers block”. It does exist, but there is a cure. You have to write every day. And every day you do, you think about doing it less and less. If I ever write a book on 1K that will be the core message: writing doesn’t have to be hard, but it is if you overthink it.

That’s if I write that book. I’ll only do it if I decide there’s a need. Right now, the trio of books above, along with other books like Save the Cat do the job fine. I’m not such an egomaniac that I need to throw my own ramblings into print. But, apparantly enough of one that I have to throw them here. Go figure.