I like Scott Adams a lot. The guy who writes and draws the Dilbert comic strip, not any other particular Scott Adams you may know. Iím not saying that I wouldnít necessarily like any other Scott Adams, itís just that Iím a huge Dilbert fan and also of its creatorís writing.
Why am I saying this? Well as has become en vogue to say with bloggers these days, ďI told you that so I could tell you thisĒ
Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, was once asked his about his opinion on what to do about writerís block. He gave this answer: (Courtesy of The Internet Writers Journal)
ďOne of the most common questions I get is “Do you ever get writerís block?”
The thing I love about that question is that it reveals a wonderful optimism in the person who is asking. I suspect that the people who ask this question believe they possess deep wells of creativity and talent that are inexplicably blocked. All they need is the secret unblocking spell from a cartoonist and then a geyser of bestselling books will spray forth.
I wish I had that kind of attitude. I imagine myself asking an NBA player how he deals with Jumper’s Block, under the theory that if I can learn how to unblock my jumping skills, I will no longer need a car. I’ll just jump wherever I want to go, like the Hulk, but less angry.Ē
A smart man, Scott.
(like I know him well enough to call him ďScottĒ and not Mr. AdamsÖ but like all great writers, a reader gets the feel that they know him through his writings so please forgive me. One day I hope to be that good of a writerÖ so if and when we ever get the chance to meet, please call me ďChrisĒ or ďConanĒ or ďCKĒ or something, itíll make me feel better)
Maybe to stretch his analogies further for a paramedic blogger, if I were to unblock my ďdeep wellsĒ of something, I imagine that I would miss in my unblocking attempt and might unblock my sarcasm well, or my ďgetting back to back calls starting at 2amĒ well, or something even less pleasant than those. However, judging from the 14 or so unfinished articles on my desktop right now, my geyser of creativity is not spewing forth. Iíve had like 6 good post ideas today, but not enough has come up from my deep wells in order to make them into a good post on their own.
So what Iím planning on doing here, is to just write the intros to each of these posts and post them here. Iím hoping that this exercise will pop the cork on my deep wells and allow the spewing of creativity to ensue.
Post #1: (dramatic intro to somethingÖ ahem)
Itís a foggy and overcast winterís evening here on shift tonight. The sky is crowded with thick, dark clouds that are taking the colors from the multicolored illuminants below them on the shining streets. The fog is nearly impenetrable. In fact Iím almost surprised that my response vehicle is slicing through it as smoothly as it seems to be. The reflections of my red emergency lights bounce back inside the truck, turning the drive into a shining, bright experience as the fog pushes back against my truckís insistence that itís progress is indeed urgent. Somewhere, out there in the fog, someone needs me.
Post #2 (Feel good story with a twist)
Hey! While writing this second post intro, I actually finished it! Iím scheduling it for Monday Morning. So, instead of Post #2, Iím giving you a videoÖ
Post #3 Ė Interrupted due to my being sleepy
Hey! This little exercise worked! I think Iíll try it again sometime. Today and tomorrow Iím working a 48hr shift, so youíll probably be seeing some random posts come up in that time.