Saturday, December 31, 2011

Inertia Momentum Resolution

Umm.. Hi, It’s been awhile. I haven’t blogged in three months or so. I have lots of excuses, which we will get to in the next paragraph, but really, that’s all they are. Excuses. The first thing about writing is this – just do it. Today’s lesson is about the perils of stopping.

I used to write on the bus going to work. But I don’t bus to work anymore because my wife works now and we carpool. So I didn’t have my allotted writing hour. Still, in three months, you’d think I’d work something out. Mind you, they have been busy months, full of family and medical and travel and employment concerns.

Like I said, excuses. Here’s the thing: I stopped and got out of the habit. I let my life and my imagination fill up with other stuff. Science teaches us that objects at rest tend to remain at rest and that there is a factor called inertia that must be overcome to set an object into motion.

This is why writers dread blocks. This is why I love having deadlines. Whatever you are writing, it won’t get done if you don’t start and it won’t get done if you don’t continue. There is often a point in any project where the writer thinks “This is all crap!” and is tempted to stop. But there is also a point, if you write long enough, where the project starts to built around you and finishing is exciting.

Objects in motion tend to remain in motion. Get in motion.

I’m writing this on the last day of the year 2011. I’m writing this because I asked myself for a New Years Resolution. I am writing this because I don’t know where my blog will take me in 2012, but once again I am excited to find out.