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Overcome the Blinking Cursor

Blink. Blink. Blink

It took me thirty seconds to write “Blink, blink, and blink”. I have rewritten this introductory paragraph three times now and it will likely be rewritten many more times before clicking the publish button. Medium is a great content production website, and it makes me want to write more often than I do now. Despite the beautiful typography, imagery, and presentation, Medium cannot help me overcome the challenge of putting words on the page.

Part of the problem stems from my historical writing process. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas Austin, a majority of my essay writing occured the night before or two nights before the paper was due. When I was a college freshman, I employed a much more rigorous process. Write Monday and Tuesday. Edit Wednesady. Print Thursday and make fun of my friends starting late. Turn in Friday. The rigor dipped as a sophomore and evaporated as a college senior. I wrote papers the evenings before and coasted comfortably with A’s through all my courses.

I’d like to break the habit, but I know that it is very difficult for me to spend four days on a piece of writing when I can get away with an evening. I also know that I am very good at writing first-drafts. One of the side benefits to routinely procrastinating 5-10 page essays is that you start to treat writers block as a myth. You put words on the paper. If the words don’t convey the message you want them to convey, you hit delete and start the sentence over. Never stop typing.

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