Every day I sit down to write and every day I have absolutely no idea what words I’m going to produce. I put my head in my hands and I think about nothing. And then, I think about thinking about nothing.
It is, quite frankly, a horrible experience.
I search through my brain for absolutely any idea that I come across. This really can be anything, good, bad, or just weird. I note it down just to start typing.
It’s mostly bad — really bad.
90% of what I write down initially is garbage. But it doesn’t matter, I just keep trying different ideas.
Every day, I feel lost, uninspired, and faced with the pressure of knowing that I have to produce something.
Eventually, after many bad ideas, I come across something that might have potential.
I used to try to write about that straight away.
It used to be very hard.
Now, I don’t try to write. I just start talking using my keyboard.
I don’t try to get the fanciest words or the best grammar, I just pretend I’m talking to a friend and let the words come out into the keyboard. I choose someone intelligent that I want to speak to and I write down the words that I would say to them in a casual conversation.
The two keys to this approach are:
- Don’t view it like writing, it puts too much pressure on the structure and technicalities of language. Think of it like a spoken conversation and let those words flow onto the page.
- Choose an intelligent friend to pretend to talk to. This helps to make sure that the words you would say are actually going to be useful for someone.
These two key facts have transformed my daily writing from being an extremely difficult task into only a moderately difficult task.