Writing an article is a bit like preparing for an exam. You know you are supposed to sit down, grab the book/pen/keyboard and do the actual work, but suddenly you get this overwhelming desire to make your place sparkling clean. Well, no one can be expected to work in an untidy environment, am I right? So you go ahead and file through those forgotten drawers and clean out the attic that no one has visited for last fifteen years, only for the sake of your article, of course. After an hour/day/week (cross out whatever doesn’t fit) you don’t have a particle of dust left around you and it’s time to do the work. But then – rumble, rumble, rumble… You can’t write on empty stomach, right? And no, you will not ring for a pizza, because junk food is bad for your soul/work/stomach/ideology (choice of excuse is yours!). Quick cold snack won’t do, either. It’s time for a proper dinner! If you are a crappy cook, that’s even better. First, you need to dig out that dusty (oops, no, dust disappeared in the previous cleaning episode), that sparkling clean cookbook that your Auntie Betty gave you for your fifteenth birthday when she decided it’s time for you to learn how to be a proper housewife. Dig the book out and choose the longest recipe available – of course you’re getting ambitious, after all your honour is at stake! What would Auntie Betty think if you chose a ham sandwich for your very first cooking masterpiece? Don’t forget about starters, soup and desserts! You know you wouldn’t be able to write anything without that sweet rush after a heavy dinner anyway. Also, run around your family and ask if any of them is a vegetarian by any chance. Nobody in? Well, wouldn’t your Dad like to become one, right here, right now? (Here you plunge into a long lecture about life-saving benefits of veg and importance of keeping a healthy diet. If he doesn’t break, choose another victim. Someone is bound to give in!). So you start this 7-course dinner with a vegetarian, vegan and gluten free option, while the time tick-tocks and your article remains blissfully unwritten…
You know how it goes, anyway.
So what to do if you REALLY want to get the job done and REALLY want to see this piece of fabulous news/advice/tutorial/creative writing with your name underneath? Well, there’s plenty of things to DO, but what’s more important, here’s my top ten of things NOT to do.
Stick to it and you’re safe sailing.