Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

Heinlein’s First Rule

On my way into work this morning, I was really looking forward to sitting down with my morning cup of coffee and writing a well thought-out and witty post about something-or-other.  Alas, once I had said coffee and sat down to write, my mind was a complete blank.  That happens from time to time.  Then I realized that writing a well thought-out and witty post isn’t really in the keeping of this space, so I’ll probably just end up ranting for a few hundred words and writing “Screw Flanders” a few times to round out the word count.

That’s how it goes sometimes when you voluntarily hold yourself to a deadline like I do in writing for this site every day.  Sometimes I just don’t have anything to say, sometimes I don’t know how to say what I’m thinking about and sometimes (more and more often the case lately) I just find myself really short on time and concentration.  Still, I love the distraction and frankly, if I wasn’t writing in here, I wouldn’t be writing anywhere.  That would be the greatest shame as it’s something I love.

So is this your standard cop-out “I don’t have anything to write about, so I’m going to write about not having anything to write about” blog post?  Yeah, it probably is.  I’d apologize, but if you’ve read this far, you’ll probably keep reading anyway.  I’m just employing a technique that’s recommended in just about every book about writing I’ve ever read.  The best cure for writer’s block is to actually start writing, even if it’s just about writer’s block.  The simple act of writing anything is the equivalent of push starting your car and popping it into gear.  You fire up the part of your brain that gets into writing and the next thing you know, you’re off and running at 100 km/h.

Sadly, now that I actually find myself with something to say, the means to say it and the inclination to get it all down in words, I haven’t the time.  Stupid job.  I guess this is what I get for wanting to eat and stuff.  I’ll be back again tomorrow, but until then, screw Flanders, screw Flanders, screw Flanders.


4 Comments so far

  1. Dan August 7th, 2008 9:52 pm

    … I got nothing.

  2. Joel August 8th, 2008 11:21 am

    If a column in the Toronto Star or the Globe & Mail were to go on like this, the writer would be fired for sure. FOUR PARAGRAPHS ON NOTHING?

    That’s it. I’m writing to the editors of daveduncan.ca encouraging them to promote Danielle to ‘writer’ status.

  3. Danielle August 8th, 2008 12:11 pm

    Thanks for your pledge Joel, but I’m afraid that I will have to remain a simple reader and occasional comment- poster. I am not one to broadcast my life on the internet, especially given the public nature of my job and the fact that I am rarely at my computer during the day. I’ll leave that to Dave, who is the one with all the wit and humour in our relationship. Besides, this is his creative outlet, not mine. But let it be known to everyone that I do read this blog on a daily basis!

    See you Saturday…hope to see you tearing at the altar!


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