I work in an elementary school computer lab. When students come in to the lab to write, they’ve usually got something on paper already. But when they sit down at the computer, the first thing they want to do is change the color, the font, the size, anything but actually write.
Is this the procrastination impulse? Is it like when we as adult writers have to gather paper, sharpen pencils, find the perfect pen? Or when we have to check email and Twitter first, and have the perfect cup of coffee on hand before we start to write?
Oh, and I just ran out of the bread and butter I was breakfasting on; should I go and get more?
No. No more excuses. It’s time to get inside my head and write. And perhaps that’s the scary part – the getting inside my head. There’s stuff in there I’ve been avoiding.