One gentle reader asked:
“I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin?”
Good question. As the image implies, we are all sitting at the Gates of Hell. The material for endless writing is everywhere around us, we are veritably swimming in a sea of material which for the most part simply gets ignored by most of the fish swimming in it. There really is SO much material that it is like a huge sea.
The first thing is just write about what you are fired up about. If you are not fired up why write? I have several pet themes which almost never fail to fire me up, such as the multitudes of urban dwelling “Animal Rights Progressives” who work their asses off to try to shut down activities (like rodeos) of other folks not eking out their miserable existence in cities, in the name of “humane” “compassion”, but who really, really, really do think it is just peachy keen A-OK to murder 100,000 children a year by cutting them up and selling the parts in the name of “Women’s Health”. I mean! SERIUOSLY!!! (also always make sure you spell things right) Seriously! Not in my lifeboat, animal rights lady, (and I am using the term VERY loosely).
How I center myself is to simply look at what I see and read and hear all around me every day and think about it. Taste it, twist it, run around it in 3 dimensions in my head, do gedanken experiments with the material, but the most important part is a lot of thinking. Because I have a lot of bias’s due to about 50 years of thinking about all this stuff I have to be careful which bias’s I wish to employ or play up or play down. That brings out the proper use of “discrimination” and “prejudices”.
Then I attempt (with more or less success at times) to peel off the makeup and stage paint with which we plaster and smear everything in an attempt to rationalize why whatever appetite we wish to satisfy at that moment is not really “bad”, or “evil”, but rather that we are a special case to whom the rules do not apply. In fact, if I can see how the situation has been artfully painted such that it falls outside any rules that is even better.
If I still have no juice then I ride on someone else’s coattails until the pump is primed.(remember to always attribute sources) like when I go look at blogs I follow and see if anything inspires me and fires me up.
For example, recently found at David Warren’s blog: this one being on our culture …
“This is not pressure of population, for Canada is fairly large. It is a concentration of population, now trying to avoid the rush-hours by piling into commuter trains. The density in a few blocks downtown approaches Hong Kong levels, and yet, … walk through at most times of day and there is little crowding on the sidewalks. Only the roads full, from the compression of cars, one human in each, trying to reach the ramps of the “expressways.”
For there is no community. The public spaces are sterile, the surfaces all designer-paved, and elaborate by-laws prevent anything human from growing in the cracks. Restaurants outnumber groceries; each is a fake, in menu and decor; the groceries flog ready-made microwave meals. The people themselves are permanently “in transit,” many throughout their lives, on a journey that is the opposite of a pilgrimage. They have allowed themselves to become almost pure economic factors, with a job and a place to sleep, plus free time for demeaning entertainments. It is an environment in which there are more dogs than children — especially those small, yappy, and spoilt, on which the females ladle their maternal instincts. (On one recent walk I counted specialized retail outlets: eight for pets, and two for children.)”
David is just sitting on a rock looking through the Gates of Hell and reporting what he sees. He is one of the inspiring ones, others get me going by pissing me off with their evil hypocrisy, like the goons and zombies over at Being Liberal.
Simple really, just SO, SO much material. As long as there are Liberals, Democrats and all the other sorts of socialists and murdering abortionists there will always be lots of inspiration to fire me up. And here is the ultimate inspiration: We here in the Republic of Gedankin could get along just fine if every Progressive on the planet disappeared in a cloud of smoke (actually possible if you consider it) but all the Progressives would quickly die in abject self immolating misery if the Grey Tribe ever once stopped protecting them all from the fruits of their “labour”.
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Sometimes when I post, I look at my sig and wish that I’d follow my own damned advice.