“The only purpose of starting is to finish, and while the projects we do are never really finished, they must ship.”
– Seth Godin (Linchpin)
I have been feeling poorly all weekend after coming down with the Chikumgunya Virus or Chik-V, the mosquito-borne illness that has been affecting many persons in Jamaica, Grenada and has now reached as far as Florida. Anyway, I had lost my appetite, my feet still looks like I have elephantitis (well, probably not that bad but close), my fingers have just started to work again, premenstrual syndrome and other emotional hangovers just made me one very grumpy, oestrogen-heightened, depressed lady today. Oh, it’s Monday right? Maybe that was part of it too.
After listening to stress-relieving ‘brain music’ on YouTube much of the day, I decide to look in on my site and see what’s going on. But for some reason I was not getting any inspiration. Nada.
I have a few drafts that I keep messing with trying to get them perfect, but each time I add something my mind starts its usual argument, and I find myself facing a line of questions, such as, should I make this into two posts, should I change the focus? If I write an informational post, which I haven’t yet done, will my readers see it as too academic? How do I achieve the balance point?
At some point, I may even stop and ask, would anyone want to read about this?
How can I make this short and spunky? How can I paraphrase this without plagiarising?
Then finally after travailing with it for hours, I decide, ‘this copy stinks,’ and I save it and park it for the evening until I feel up to letting it see the light of day again.
Then on a lucky day, a flash of inspiration and it all comes together.
That ever happens to you? (Not the Chik-V part 🙂
P.S. In case you’re wondering what ‘brain music’ I listened to today, check out this sample video. (Now I’m hooked)
Credit: Yellow Brick Cinema
“Make a decision. It doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make one.” — Seth Godin