OK, so up until now we’ve been pretending we’re writing an essay. But what we’ve really been doing is doodling and Lego.
NOW we’re going to put words on a page.
Words. Your own actual words.
Come back. It hasn’t been too bad so far, has it?
Well this bit won’t be as bad as you think, either. And if you are terrified … if you are so terrified you are stuck, don’t be. Because it’s not going to be
It’s going to be like the rest of this experience. It’s going to be mostly …
Look, this is worth doing.
Knowing how to write something is useful.
It’s good for now and it will be good for the rest of your life.
And who knows? Once you get the satisfaction of seeing a finished essay, or even just the relief that it’s over,
and you realise you survived and there was no actual pain, except for numb bean-bag-bottom, well,
you might even get a good feeling.
At least until next time.
That’s it for now. The heading was a lie. This page is not about writing words. This page is just to get you to stay here and calm down. The writing starts in the next one.
Thanks to these people for the images
“This won’t hurt a bit” by Mark Lee on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/pochacco20/123619772/ Under Creative Commons licence Attribution No Derivs 2.0 Generic
Angry Ann” by Josh Janssen on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mediaflex/4628277817 Under Creative Commons licence Attributions No Derivs 2.0 Generic
“Scream” by Daria on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dariuszka/374750916 Under Creative Commons licence Attribution 2.0 Generic
“John Henry Fuseli – The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli – wartburg.eduimage. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Henry_Fuseli_-_The_Nightmare.JPG#/media/File:John_Henry_Fuseli_-_The_Nightmare.JPG
“JayavarmanVII” by Suzan Black – Jayavarman VII head, Bayon style, Musée Guimet-Paris. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JayavarmanVII.jpg#/media/File:JayavarmanVII.jpg
“Nijinsky in Scheherazade2” by unknown photographer, possibly Baron de Meyer (see also File:Nijinsky_040.jpg) – Library of Congress. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nijinsky_in_Scheherazade2.jpg#/media/File:Nijinsky_in_Scheherazade2.jpg