You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again.
A few weeks ago I critiqued the site of Josh Dick. Not long after I was reading through a recent issue of 2600 and who do I see as the author of one of the articles? Yep it was Josh. A few email exchanges and we were talking about writing and blogging. Josh asked where I find ideas and how I keep up with the blog as much as I do.
When you first set out to start a blog, you usually have ideas for a few posts and think you always will. However, most bloggers will tell you at some point they feel like they’ve run out of things to say. Where, then, do they get ideas?
Staring at the blank page brings fear to many writers. The empty space is calling, but you don’t know where to begin. You have no direction to proceed and are hoping the muse will strike and instantly give you the post in full. That rarely happens. Fortunately there are ways to begin filling up the blank page and turning an idea into a post.
The object is set before the mind, either in reality, as in sketching (before a landscape or teacup or old face) or is set in the memory wherein it becomes the sketching from memory of a definite image-object.
When it comes time to write a post how do you go about writing it? Hopefully you have an idea in mind. Ideally you’ll have planned a direction for the post and have plenty of notes to draw from. How though, do you put words to paper or screen?
The time to begin an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
— Mark Twain
So far in this series on my blogging process we’ve developed a mechanism to feed us ideas. We’ve outlined some ideas to give them direction and fleshed out the direction with notes. We then used our notes to write a draft. Now it’s time to turn that draft into something more. It’s time for editing.