By David Sharp
There's a lot of advice out there for writers on how to stay disciplined. No doubt, that's a vital component of getting the work done. If we don't train ourselves to sit down at that computer and put one word after another, we won't have anything to show for it. We must be consistent and diligent.
But that's for another blog post.
Today, I want to talk about the other side of writing. It's the invisible side. The part for which I often admonish myself. The part that looks an awful lot like wasting time. I'm talking about daydreaming.
Nothing is Worse Than Staring at a Blank Screen. But there's no rule that says you have to. Why not get out of that chair and burn some calories while you muse? (Or gain some calories if that works for you. Donuts can be very inspirational!) Roll the ideas around in your head and go back to the blank screen when you've got something to fill it. Your computer isn't going anywhere. And if it is, you've got other problems to deal with.