What’s Left? By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher

Oct 21st, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

Sometimes when you have to write each week, you develop a dread of getting started. Some of the tricks I use on myself to get going on a story or even this column are kind of strange but they work for me. First, on my computer, I change the view to 200%. Somehow, when the words are pretty big - it’s easier to write. Then, when that doesn’t seem to “light the fire” I tell myself all I need to do is write the first paragraph or even the first sentence. That is usually pretty easy and the funny thing is that once you write that first paragraph, you just kind of keep on going. It’s kind of like when you get the vacuum cleaner out to clean up that potting soil you just spilled in the floor and you end up vacuuming the whole house. I guess it’s the law of physics (not sure which one) that seems a body in motion tends to stay in motion. (I think that’s a physics law - or maybe I’ve been watching “Dancing With the Stars” too much. Seriously, I’ve never watched more than 3 minutes of it. Just not my thing. But, back to my technique for getting the writing juices flowing. Then, if those two “tricks” don’t work - I just turn off the tv, radio, shut the door - and make myself concentrate. That’s tough for me because I am definitely A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) and it takes much mental muscle to stay still and concentrate for more than 5 minutes. I do it all the time - but I suppose that’s why I feel tired all the time. It’s hard to do.
So, next time you need to write - you might want to try some of my tricks. Maybe it will help.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week!