Waiting for the right mood to strike before starting on your essay? Hoping for a muse to get your creative juices to flow?
If you find yourself in these wishful reveries, the truth is that these desires are meant to justify procrastination. Don’t get me wrong. This is not a post against procrastination. There is nothing useless with procrastination as the subconscious is a powerful component of the human mind and may be reponsible for establishing brilliant creative links that are invisible to the plodding conscious mind.
But there comes a time when a writer has to pull everything together both the conscious and subconscious and produce an essay. In pulling those mental faculties together, some of us only respond to the urgency of a deadline while others seem to get things done effortlessly and on time. If you find yourself in the former category, here are some thoughts to spur you to action — the right mood may never come and muses do not arrive in a romantic sense like the way Sylvester Stallone purports to have written the entire Rocky script in one evening. Maybe he did. Who knows? If he is reading this and is offended, my apologies in advance. However, if you are serious about writing your essay, start now. Be more like Rocky and less like Stallone. The way Rocky trained took plodding dedication. Soon the words will string into sentences and sentences will form paragraphs. Grueling pushup after pushup and grinding punches against slabs of meat, Rocky trained. After you have a slew of paragraphs, you will have a draft of essay from which to edit and refine. Working on footwork and dodging an opponent like Apollo refined Rocky. Editing and refinement of your essay will be the hard part. You will have to chisel your essay over and over as your subconscious meets your conscious and you realize what parts of your essays needs that disciplined creative spark. The only way for this refinement to happen is to give yourself enough time–enough time to train, write, and edit.
In the end, when you have written and edited that best possible essay for the next stage of your life like the way Rocky trained, you can look back and purport to have written your essay in one inspired burst like Sylvester Stallone.
So stop reading this post and start writing. Yo Adrian!