So I am writing a brand-new book on behalf of a CAD vendor. It's due the end of August. Until now, I've cheated, writing the easy parts first, the four appendices of reference information -- one a day. Some 55 pages.
Friday, it was time to begin on Chapter 1. Brand-new book. With what words do I start. I sat in front of the computer. Major writer's block. I read all though the usual Web sites I visit each day -- CAD, general news, politics, religion, and the blogs. I napped until the phone rang. My wife took me for our walk. I sat in front of the computer. I contacted HP tech support to find out why the computer could burn DVDs but not CDs*. I lay out back on the hammock.
And then it was time for supper.
Afterward, my wife asked when I wanted to start watching Bella. "Not right away," I replied. It was only 6:20pm.
I sat in front of the computer. 60 minutes later, my fingers were tingling from pounding out 1,206 words for Chapter 1.
That's how it like for writers.
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*) Ya, so the CD drive on my newish computer don't burn CDs. One of HP Total Care tech support's solutions is to download new firmware, burn the ISO file to a CD, and reboot the computer. I think that incident inspired me to write.