September 16, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Midnight Writing

This is one of those days about which I previously wrote, and that eventually brought on my recent hiatus from this column: long hours working, followed by an evening spent on a freelance writing assignment, culminated by a midnight attempt to write something for the daily column. It's not so much that fatigue or sleepiness make writing difficult; rather, they make inspiration—the jump-start to get me going—hard to come by. It's times like these when I question the sanity of pledging to write an article every single day.

But I do enjoy writing, whether it's done poolside with a notepad in one hand and a cold beer in the other or at the end of a burnt-out day, eyes bloodshot from staring at a computer screen too long. It's not the pleasure of, say, shooting pool with friends or watching a movie. It's the process that I love—and hate. An old writer friend once put it this way: "Contrary to typical childbirth, this sort of thing causes much pain in the beginning and ends in orgasm." Much of the writing process is frustrating, difficult, tedious. But the sense of achievement when a project gets finished gratifies like almost nothing else.

For now, however, the gratification will have to be small, as will be your interest level in this short, banal article composed too late at the end of a long day. If nothing else, maybe it'll give you a glimpse into the workings of a writer's mind.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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September Columns:

9/29: Open Season
9/28: Runaway Train
9/27: The Seven
9/25: Dreamscape
9/24: Survivor: Sacramento
9/23: What Am I Doing at Work?
9/21: San Diego Chokers
9/20: Farewell, Galileo
9/17: Anything Can Happen
9/16: Midnight Writing
9/15: Decline and Fall
9/14: Loyalty By Default
9/13: Debt Snowball
9/12: My Cup Runneth Over
9/11: Unforgettable Day
9/10: Fall Approaches
9/9: Total Recall
9/8: Legal Illegals
9/7: 116 More Days
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