It's hard to take my own advice
Some of the simplest techniques for unblocking writers block are some of the hardest for me to do. For me to ‘get the juices flowing’, or ‘the cogs unclogged’, or any of a number of metaphors you may want to spit out, its tough for me. Oh, I have my moments, trust me, just like anyone, I can lock myself in my office and type until my fingers bleed (been there, done that, got the t-shirt) but it doesn’t happen in a consistent manner. And do I know why that is? When I think about it, yes I do! The main reason: I’m a TV junkie, that’s why. I love TV. I have my shows I watch consistently and as often as I can, and if I’m not doing that I’m being the proverbial couch potato and watching a good movie. Can’t help it. Been like that all my life.
I am absolutely hooked on professional wrestling. Fake crap? Yeah, you could say that. I know it too, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the show. These men and women who do this day in and day out have to be in great or moderately great shape to constantly perform as they do. Its no different for any kind of athlete out there. And when you really look at it, movies are fake too, aren’t they? But you like them, just as I do. We all know they’re fake, but we still see them. Same thing. My opinion, I know, but still, the same premise.
I like new shows, like The Walking Dead. Give me a bowl of popcorn and a good zombie apocalypse any day. Or how about Game of Thrones? That little midget on there is the greatest villain I think I’ve seen in years. Love his rich, deep, throaty voice. I don’t think they could have cast anyone else in the role to do better.
Also have to watch CSI, all of them of course not just the original set in Vegas, and unless I forget, NCIS. Can’t go without those either. I Love a good mystery. Apparently so do many others in the country, these are two of the highest rating shows on TV today. Still, after nearly 10 years.
And movies? Don’t get me started. I love about all you could think of, from mysteries, to action, to comedy (real comedy, like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, NOT Airplane, Leslie Nielsen types). I can remember going to a drive-in theater with my mother and siblings and seeing Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston when they first came out. (Yes, I am that old.) And when pulling into the car slot, having to place a huge, gray, monstrous microphone on our car window to hear the movie. (I was always afraid the weight of the thing would break the window. I’m still surprised it didn’t to this day.)
I grew up (I think I’m a grown up) whatever, some of my greatest moments was in front of the idiot box, or the big screen. So, its hard for me to give advice when it comes to getting the juices flowing. But, don’t think I don’t try. Oh Yes, I try every day. I write as much as possible, and when I’m not writing, I think about what to write. And yes again, I do get away from it for a while and do the mundane shores necessary to live in my home. Example: I have to travel almost thirty minutes one way to pay my electric bill, or go grocery shopping, or put gas in the petrol monster. But I don’t do those things every day. I have to manage my time so I’m not wasting time or more money on unnecessary trips back and forth. Just as I do my time in front of the box. There never seems to be enough time in the day for all I want to do or all I want to see in the box. But even the idiot box can give you inspiration.
So, taking my own advice is hard. But, looking back on what I’ve already told you, I may have to rethink that. I do have some things, don’t I? The main thing I’d like for you to think of is the time it takes you to do anything: reading a book, watching the tube, doing the laundry, going shopping for the perfect wedding dress, or simply being with the one’s you love. It’s not the destination you have to worry about, its the journey and the time it takes you to get there.