I am Jack’s complete lack of focus

If this is your first night at Write Club*, you have to write.

What keeps me from tackling the assignment? lack of inspiring subject matter? fear of scrutiny or rejection? a wild pack of honey badgers? None of these will ooze an ounce of sympathy from an editor.

It’s not that I’ve been shirking exactly; I have written several posts for two blogs and done lots of homework reading. Even at the salon yesterday I indulged in the study of punctuation. Hair covered in tin foil highlights, I brushed up on dashes, brackets and my beloved ellipses. It’s certainly a continuing process. There’s just something about the first assignment (part two) that is tripping me up. I suppose just sitting down and doing it, fuck the subject matter, is what I need to do. If I don’t throw the switch, no one will.

This is my first night at write club. I have to write.

*Just a play on words inspired by one of my favourite movies, Fight Club. I Googled for the term and found several hits. My post has nothing to do with any of them. I am not original. I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

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2 thoughts on “I am Jack’s complete lack of focus”

  1. Hey Jen,

    Sometimes ya just gotta force a project to happen. You can always revise it later on 🙂

    Have you tried working with an outlining tool like OmniOutliner or similar? I use it for plot development in comic stuff, and it sometimes helps to get the structure out without having to worry about language.


  2. Hi Matt-
    I haven’t actually used any programs for brainstorming type stuff, but Neil has worked with Mind Maps software (NovaMind I think) and seems to find it very useful. We’ve both got OmniOutlinerPro, but I admit that I’ve not used it for much more than opening documents and making occasional checklists… I think I’ll give both of those apps another look.

    Thanks for the idea Matt!

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