Where do you start writing?
- On this Website?
- Microsoft Word?
- Google Docs?
I start mine in Scrivener where I have a folder titled “Abe’s Trash” and everything starts from there. I begin writing out of the trash and only upgrade it later, because when I’m writing in the trash I don’t feel so obligated to make things perfect. I can write seamlessly. The gutter is a great place to start.
Just a moment ago, I had opened up 200WAD to write but couldn’t. I was filled with some anxiety, until a moment of clarity made me realize I wasn’t writing where I normally did. I wasn’t writing from the Trash!
It's purely psychological, because I mean the Trash is really just a folder labeled as trash, but maybe this can help you too.
Of course, I still struggle with continuing and finishing pieces.
My strategy for tackling this problem is to treat a long piece like a music album that consists of many songs. So instead of having one huge document say - novel (50,000 words) - I have snippet A (400 words -- theme A), snippet B (300 words -- theme B), snippet C (750 words -- theme A again), and so on… each one of them starting out of the trash.
I’ve already been employing this strategy. I still struggle to finish a piece, but I’ve improved.
My friend just wrote me an email that said ‘having high expectations is one of the most dangerous things you can do’.
I think on the daily grind this is true. To have high expectations on what you are doing at the moment, is dangerous. You want to be okay with messing up right now. You can improve later.
Having too high of expectations now, will lead to poor long term results.
Where high expectations belong is the long term, the existential.