I’ve had a few reports and articles to write recently and each one seemed to be a roller coaster of excitement, indecision, despair and not quite enough satisfaction. Here’s what happens to me, the time may be stretched to three months or truncated to a day, but it’s pretty much the same and ahem, not actually that exaggerated! Is it just me?
My writing journey!
Dear Hilary, we would be pleased if you would write this article/report on a subject close to your heart for our prestigious publication.
-20 days: Ooh, that’s nice, and they are quite a good place to write for and I need to get my head around this. Writing this article would be a really good way of focusing on it. Also it was my New Year’s resolution must get my profile out there.
Dear Madam, I would be delighted, thank you so much for asking me.
-19 days This time I am really not going to leave it to the last minute.
-15 days Must write that article.
- 10 days Must write that article. DO NOT do it at the last minute this time.
Dear Madam, yes I appreciate that the deadline is shortly, I have written the article and am in the process of editing and consulting with colleagues.
-6 days Sht. Write the sodding article. Why did I say I would do this? I have no idea what to say and no time. Idiot.
- 5 days Write the article. Do a mind map or something, plan it out. You knew what you wanted to say before, how come you’ve forgotten. You are totally hopeless at this, what were you even thinking of. WRITE.THE.ARTICLE
-4 days Oh this is quite interesting. I’m really glad I decided to write this. In fact, this is going to be quite good. It’s always like this, I must remember in future. Ooh yes, and I could include that too, what a great idea. I’m not that bad at writing really, in fact I quite like it. (Note to self: it’s not that bad when you get going)
-3 days You lightweight, what made you think you could do this. Never, ever again am I going to write anything, not even if they beg, not even if they pay. Look, chill. You don’t do it for a living. Loads of people hate it. Real writers actually kill themselves and stuff because it’s so difficult. This is just an article for a mag and if it’s crap they’ll reject it. End of. Who cares.
-3.5 days I just had this really good idea for the article and found this great new paper and a really brilliant TED talk. It’s almost done, I think it’s going to be OK. Phew.
-1 day Just read through the article, it’s useless. What made me think I could write this piece. Pathetic. But then again I do like that idea, and someone needs to say this, if I don’t no-one will.
Dear Madam, here is a draft of the article, which I would be delighted to discuss your views and suggested amendments.
0 days Well it’s gone. I’m definitely not going to do any more, I don’t care who asks.
+ 100 days I just looked at that article in fact I think it’s quite good. Did I write it all myself? That is definitely better than I remember. That’s cheering.
Dear Sir, yes I would be delighted to……..Aaaah!