Writing. Arrggh. I know that writing and writing and writing will make me tons of money online and let me escape pea-processing factory hell - not just one-off pennies, but money that will snowball and snowball as my article (infobarrel, ezinearticle, facebook fanpage, twitter, hubpage - infobarrel being my favorite of course!!) gathers more views, more links, more "google juice", more thumbs up and shares.
But I just can't sit myself down at the computer (why am I the only one in Starbucks these days who doesn't have an i-pad and look like some super cool social media freak straight out of "The Social Network" movie trailer) and type out some words? I mean, it's not like working down a mine for a living (before I get started on this article, maybe I'll just watch the last Chilean miner coming up the shaft and signing off the end of his shift in a moment of real, true, emotion, thank you YouTube. In fact, why don't I watch the #2 guy as well, he was amazing)
Well today I read something absolutely brilliant from Aaron Sorkin, the screenplay writer - best known for "A Few Good Men" ("you just can't handle the truth"), West Wing ("You bought their love" - "Well it was for sale and I wanted it") and now The Social Network("A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool?" - "A billion dollars. And that's what shut everybody up"). Well, this is what the amazing Aaron Sorkin said on writing in a recent interview with the telegraph.co.uk):
"Once you've started, you have to get on with it. Don't delay, don't write an outline. The difference between being on page two and being on page nothing is the difference between life and death. I can't stare at that blank page with the blinking cursor; it drives me mad. I want my foot in the door. I want to get started. And, once I've got started, I want to get to the end, and once I'm at the end, I know so much more about what it is that I'm writing that I can go back and take out everything that isn't about what I was writing".
And that's exactly what I did with this Infobarrel. Not that anyone will read it (no keyword research you see) but it doesn't matter - I got to feel like Aaron Sorkin, just for a tiny little while.