I promised that this blog would occasionally carry more discursive posts, so last night – in a special limited edition entry – I treated you to the single-draft sleep-deprived ramblings of a parent who needs to find the time to write but who also has a teething, sleep-deprived baby. Don’t worry – there is a purpose. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot in classes about the difficulty many students have in simply finding the time to write. Some of you have no trouble with this, but for most writing is something stuck at the end of an ever-changing queue of higher priorities. Sometimes it seems that even doing the hoovering is more important. I share your pain, but unfortunately there is no cure. The only thing you can do is find ten minutes, or just five, and put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, stylus to tablet, and just write something – anything – no matter how random, embarrassing, off the wall, personal or difficult it may be. It might look like drivel but this is called practice and it’s necessary: you exercise the writing muscle and it gets stronger. Meanwhile, you are recording something of yourself and generating ideas. It’s that simple.
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