Or: How to be a (semi-convincing pseudo-) Writer in 10 Easy Steps.
- Journal a bit about the rain, and how you want to write. (be sure to complain about television and having no time to write at some point in the entry).
- Stop to solve another person’s computer problem, eat cookies, and watch the last ten minutes of a MASH rerun.
- Plug in laptop. Plug in noise-canceling headphones. Cue up obscure, artsy music to send you floating into a creative reverie. (Sigur Ros, or some other quirky indie music for example)
- Freewrite about nothing for a bit. Make a checklist of things to accomplish. (Edit this essay, write this draft, etc.)
- Open essay draft you wrote a month ago. Change two words in the first paragraph.
- Pick something from creativewritingprompts.com. Write a page and a half rant about something in the paper that ticked you off, that eventually turns into moody self-examination in the end.
- Create blank Word document. Type date and working title at the top. Save.
- Surf the internet. Play with Facebook. Get a glass of water.
- Stare at the wall for a bit.
- Write a tongue-in-cheek blog about your amazingly brilliant and productive creative process and how it can help anyone be a writer just like you. Congratulate yourself on a job well done. Yay!
Well, at least something got written in all of that…
Sigur Ros is really lovely though. Lovely, sweeping, artsy Icelandic ambience.