Book Ends

One down.

One down.

I finished a book today.

Reading a book, that is, not writing one. It was a book called “REAMDE” by Neal Stephenson (which alert readers might have noticed that I quoted in yesterday’s blog) a tome of roughly 1050 pages that took me about ten days to grind through. I’m a fast reader, so that was a pretty long time for me. It’s not that the reading was difficult or that the story was boring (quite the opposite) it’s just that there was so much of it to read.

At any rate, finishing the book felt like an accomplishment.

The problem was, I finished the book early in the day and then couldn’t seem to do anything else for the rest of the day. I sat down to write numerous times only to be confronted by the blank screen and an equally blank mind. I organized some bills. I did a little cleaning. I read a screenplay for practice. I tried sitting down to write again… still nothing.

I’m still not sure where I’m going with this post, but now it is the eleventh hour and I have to get something written.

I’ve actually been pretty inspired of late: when I drive in the car or when I have time to myself and I let my mind wander I find that I am running across a multitude of idea-germs that are just waiting to take root and grow. But then I try to sit at a computer or to put them on paper and they vanish into thin air. My mind goes completely blank and all I really want to do is lie down and take a nap and think about the ideas some more.  I can’t help but think that there is some circuit breaker in my head that gets thrown every time I try to switch over from reading to writing as if the flow of ideas is the electrical system that is on the verge of overloading.

I’m sure that it is just a phase and that it will pass soon enough, but it is frustrating to have inspiration and yet lack the motivation to implement it. It feels like opportunities are being missed.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on June 12, 2014.

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