It’s going to sound ugly before it sounds pretty, but it has to sound ugly.*
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There’s simply a fear of bad writing. Do enough bad writing and some good writing is bound to show up. And along the way, you will clarify your thinking and strengthen your point of view. But it begins by simply writing something.**
Singing, writing, beginning the day, or whatever we need to get to. We could sit here, waiting for some inspiration to come to us, or we could dive in, make a noise, take a pen for a journey across a page, be some sunshine to a grey, lifeless day, or the task we have to perform.
It doesn’t matter what it sounds like or reads like or looks like, we’ve made a start, and that provides you with a distinct advantage to not having done anything. Our minds and our hearts have something to work with.
In his latest book A Muse and a Maze, Peter Turchi includes how to complete the front and back hand palm illusion – a playing card that disappears. We could say, I can’t do that, or we can search for the playing cards and start practising.
*Danielle Amedeo, quoted in Tom Vanderbilt’s Beginners;
**From Seth Godin’s blog: Write something.