You’re a writer. Well, you’re supposed to be a writer, but right now things just aren’t really happening. I mean, you’re not writing. Are you?
- taking a breather.
- checking your social media accounts.
- browsing the Web for a piece of pertinent information.
- looking up a word that just didn’t seem to feel right.
- trying to stay abreast of the latest news in self-publishing.
- reading a really great article with a catchy title like “Conquering the Beast.”
- doing all of these rolled into one.
But let’s face it. You’re actually just:
- NOT writing.
We truly understand. All work and no play makes for a dull life. As many writers discover over time, the simplest thing that has to do with the Internet can lead you astray. Then you’re sitting there at 11:30 in the evening, rubbing your eyes, stretching your arms, and gazing up at the clock on the wall and wondering how in the world four hours have passed and you’ve only written three sentences.
We all do it. It’s the allure of that anti-writing beast called the World Wide Web. It’s just that: a web, a web so sticky and so intricately spun that you can easily lose yourself in it for hours at a time without even realizing what’s happened. Worst of all, we’ve become so dependent on it that it’s almost impossible to imagine our lives without it. After all, we work on it, play on it, and, yes, write on it.
So what’s to be done? What power have we mere human writers over this unyielding beast determined to prevent us from sharing our stories with the world? How would it be possible for a meager aspiring author to defeat the beast?
The answer is actually quite simple, though few will take this lonely path to conquer the Black Widow of writing.
Are you ready for it?
Can you feel the tension mounting?
Are you fully committed to vanquishing the enemy and traveling down this forsaken road?
If you’re still reading, then you’re taking that very first step. It’s time to pull out the ultimate weapon.
Here we go…
Reach into some dusty, forgotten desk drawer and pull out… a pen and paper.
Whew! There it is. The arch-nemesis of your nemesis: manual labor.
But don’t stop there. Call in the reinforcements: a dictionary and a thesaurus—the paper kind.
As much as you love the Internet and loathe the aching wrist pain as carpal tunnel numbs your fingers after years of typing, the refreshment that a pen and paper brings to writing is astounding. The mere act of putting pen to paper kindles a divine fire within the writer that pushes away the cobwebs and the debris of Internet clutter in the mind. It forces the creative juices to start flowing anew. That magnificent whiff of paper as you turn the page, that slight hum of the pen as it races across the page, and even that nagging numbness in your wrist pushes you forward towards new heights in writing.
So here’s your chance—and your challenge:
- Pull out paper and pen.
- Dig out a dictionary (or at least stop at the dollar store and grab one on your way home tomorrow).
- Turn off the computer.
- Walk away.
If you can do all these things, then congratulations! You’ve conquered the beast!