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Fancy Writer

I’m trying to write about something that is profound. Something that is going to make the reader stand up and say “Wow! This guy really knows what he is talking about!”

I am trying to write something that will go viral so I can get all sorts of “Likes”. People will be reaching out to me and telling me how brilliant I am. Hosts of popular podcasts and TV shows will be talking about me and buying my books and asking me to talk to them. I will start to see the zeros pile up in my bank account and I can finally afford all those fancy things that I have been thinking about my whole life.

In the meantime, I am writing this. It is my attempt to get out of the rut I have been in. I didn’t write for a few weeks because I was unable to come up with that fancy and compelling work that would stand the world on its head.

So instead of just working on anything, I worked on nothing. I don’t know if that is the way that it should have been done but that is how I did it.

The way that it should be done is to work on something every day. Even if I am just going through the motions, I am still making something happen. When things are not flowing that is when the mind is doing the most work. When I need to work hard at something and then see nothing happen, it builds grit.

I read about writer’s block and about what I am supposed to do when I have nothing to say. I now realize it is OK to have nothing to say. I also realize that when I have nothing to say I need to start looking around.

The universe has plenty to say to me and I need to be available to listen.

Yesterday I sat in the sunshine for 5 minutes and listened to the wind. I was sitting on a wall and turned so the sun was hitting my back instead of my face. It felt like I had moved to a different spot.

Later in the afternoon I again sat in the sunshine. This time I had a book in my hand and read for 20 minutes.

As darkness fell on the day, I stood on my back deck and listened to two barred owls arguing about who was going to cook for who.

I made two homemade pizzas. One was ham and cheese because I forgot the pepperoni at the store. The other was tomato and mozzarella because I like that combination on pizza. I received compliments from my family on the pizza.

Maybe this isn’t the article that goes viral and gets me on the hot podcast. Maybe this is just a boring story about me sitting in the sunshine. That is OK. It got me going and I feel relief at writing again.

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