Yes But This Time It Is Different.
Well this post is not. It is being prepared the old fashion way. I am typing out the draft and will go through the proof and print steps next.
I just got done straightening out my locker. I have several to-do projects and the number is increasing not decreasing.
What I am attempting to do is drastically alter the way I approach my writing. The big difference between what I am reaching for and where I am coming from is that I need to spend more effort on drafting the things I want to write about. The thing I am still sticking to is that I MUST change the approach, if I am to not only improve my writing, but also to be better able to choose where to expend my time and talents.
As most of you know by now, I am really good at coming up with new ideas and spouting off on individual articles from the paper. There are currently two major stumbling blocks to fully implementing my new strategy.
The first is my collection of way to many articles that I think I would like to write about. This is a physical problem that could lead into some serious problems with the officers in our housing unit. I have accumulated hundreds of separate articles and have them in various large manila envelopes in my locker and the box that I am allowed to keep under my bed.
The amount of clippings I have retained is part of the unrealistic goals I set for myself and lack of realistic time management. There is no way I will ever be able to use all the articles I now have in the next three months. That assumes that I do not clip out any more along the way. While I have already cut back on the amount of articles I clip, I am still collecting at a far faster rate than I am writing about.
The second block is that the time that I actually spend writing on all the articles is too dependent on how I 'feel' at any given moment. Here is where the abundance of articles also adds to the problem. It is way too easy for me to become 'overwhelmed" or 'distracted' (words that probably mean lazy) from the task of first choosing an article to write about, and then still maintain the energy level for me to do the actual writing.
I have two posts I started to write out by hand that type as is.
They are both the product of a positive, high energy start that as you will see, quickly became a smoldering heap of ash as the fires of inspiration fizzled out.