Wednesday, December 16

posted Dec 16, 2009, 2:55 PM by Jeremy Poehnert   [ updated Dec 16, 2009, 3:06 PM ]
At my CCT presentation a few weeks ago one of the CCT students (Kristin!) asked what it would take for me to actually start writing my story.  I thought that was a really key, insightful question.  I've listened to a number of creators talking about their art/writing/creativity, and inevitably one of the biggest challenges for people is just getting started.  I heard this great talk the other day where the speaker talked about all the things we do to pretend to work on a project, without actually starting...things that have value, but that we also use because we can't get ourselves to actually start.

As much as working on this website is fun, it could definitely fall into that category.  It helps my creative process, but it's easy to focus on adding something to the site rather than actually try to write.

So, triggered by Kristin's very good question and the podcast, I really want to get started.  Although I'm not actually starting today :-).  Instead I added a section to the site called chapters.  After this week, once I turn in my final projects, I want to start drafting some of the chapters.  Even if they're terrible, I want to start them, to put something into words.  Even if it's just 15 minutes, and just a little bit of terrible prose, I want to start adding something, just to get going.

One of the things I've also often heard is that the key to good writing is to start with bad writing; if you don't put something down, you can't ever actually write.  That means starting with bad bits, accepting that they'll be bad, and just getting them down.  Then you can go back and make them better....