So, where were we? Previously, on Escape from Stuck Ness …
I had walked away from the desk. I had decided not to try to think about what I was supposed to be writing. And I said this was the right thing to do.
But be careful. This might be the right thing to do, but it also might be a big defeat. It all depends on what you do next.
At this point there are a lot of things I could have done that would have been really bad for my hopes of ever writing anything.
If I had done any of these things, I could have been called a
But there are a lot of other activities I could have chosen that would actually help me get my thoughts onto the page. I call these things, de-stucknessers … I mean de-stickers …. err … ummm … dis-enstuck-ationizers ..
That’s pathetic. Can anyone think of a better word for this?
Anyway, all of these … unstickers … have something in common.
You’re not going to like it.
It’s a word we all dread.
And yes, I know there’s a clue in the title, but play along with me for a minute.
Can I just say, before we get to it, that YOU WON’T HAVE TO DO IT FOR LONG.
Here are some clues. These are things I do when I’m trying to get my thoughts out onto a page.
Yes. They are all … deep breath …
What’s more, if an activity is good for writing, it can’t be boring just in the normal way. It can’t be boring the way watching The Hobbit for the one millionth time is boring, or the way talking to your father about how-life-used-to-be is boring, or the way doing maths homework is boring. The things that are going to help us write something are all
And really … OK … knitting
might not work for you, unless you are a tragic who knits all the time and can do it without thinking.
And doodling will only work if it’s the right kind of doodling.
This is no good.
Neither is this.
They are too interesting. The purpose of your doodling here is to destickify yourself (yeah … hurry up with those word suggestions). Doodling for this purpose would look something like this.
Simple. Repetitive. One colour. Requiring no thinking. Providing no stimulation whatsoever.
Even staring at the fireplace turns out to be not that good, because I keep getting up to move the sticks around and feed it some paper, when I should be just staring.
What we are looking for here is a simple repetitive movement, or something to stare at – something that will stop you from actually falling asleep, but which will take up approximately ZERO of your brain power. Something a little bit Zen.
Yep, we’re looking for a kind of SUPER-MEGA-ULTRA BOREDOM. It should really have a different name. Let’s call it Colin.
No, herr herr. Let’s call it … boooorrrrdawwwwm.
OK, needing suggestions for this one, too. Please send in names for super-mega …etc boredom.
Anyway that’s my solution to being stuck.
I never said you were going to like it.
Just remember what I did say.
YOU WON’T HAVE TO DO IT FOR VERY LONG.
Five minutes might be enough. Ten at the most. Well, maybe twelve, depending on how stuck you are and whether you get distracted and start going
And the other thing I wanted to say is that …
IT WON’T BE AN AWFUL EXPERIENCE.
Try it. It will actually be quite nice.
So that’s the message. If you are stuck in front of a blank page and you want to get your thoughts flowing, you have to leave the desk, not to have more fun, but to do something even more boring.
Are you disappointed by that? Well, just wait. Because it gets worse.
Thanks to these people for the images.
“meditating woman” https://pixabay.com/en/woman-buddhist-meditate-girl-wat-481759/
“Women drinking coffee” from The Created Woman: Fashion and Faith. Labelled for re-use on Google
“Grocery shopping” by Andreas Kollmorgen on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/andreas-kollmorgen/8215056162 under Creative Commons licence Attribution 2.0 generic
“Boilly-Checkers-1803” by Louis-Léopold Boilly – Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boilly-Checkers-1803.jpg#/media/File:Boilly-Checkers-1803.jpg
“Cinema” by philld [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
“Amber swimming with dolphin” by ambardarcklove. Deviantart.
“Knitting Perfection” by Book author is Mary Ries Melendy, MD – “Vivilore: The Pathway to Mental and Physical Perfection”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Knitting_Perfection.jpg#/media/File:Knitting_Perfection.jpg
“Hiking on a Foggy Autumn Day” by Mathias Erhart on Flickr under Creative Commons licence
“Home Fire 5” by anoldent on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/anoldent/4324703553 under Creative Commons licence
“Drawing” from How to Draw with Pastels on Wiki How under Creative Commons licence/
“Totally Bored” from Paul Boylan files https://paulboylan.wordpress.com/category/pandemic/ labelled for re-use on Google.
“Woman sits knitting, swinging her feet” by Robert Hoge on Flickr under Creative Commons licence
“GDDG in Doodle” by Dhea Juhara on DevianArt under Creative Commons licence with attribution
Manga drawing from Pixabay
“Meditate” on Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/buddhist-meditation-woman-girl-wat-481763/ licence CC0 Public Domain
“Doodle Mandala” by The Doodle Queen on Wikimedia under Creative Commons licence