Monday, September 06, 2010

Just a moan

For reasons I won't bore you with, I really don't feel like a serious post today. I am just serioused out! I also have this week's newspaper column to do, and my mind is a blank.

Each day I write a thousand or so words, sometimes more. Normally it's easy. Then you get funny days like today when the actual act of writing becomes hard.

It's not that I don't have things to say. Coming back from Newcastle Saturday I wrote down lots of ideas. I just don't feel like doing anything about them.

I am also very depressed about my main present writing project, a history of New England. After four years direct work, two years reasonably intensive work, I am (by my own count) eight months behind schedule. One of my blogging colleagues, Legal Eagle, has just submitted her 100,000 word PhD thesis in law. Reading her Facebook page, her sense of relief is palpable. I wish I could share it.

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems worthwhile? How do you handle it? 


Legal Eagle said...

Poor Jim. Yes, I have those days. Days which don't seem productive, or where what one has written seems pointless. I had moments where I wanted to throw the whole thesis away, but fortunately I didn't. Hopefully it will pass - the main thing is not to beat yourself up about it, jut ride it out.

Jim Belshaw said...

Thanks, LE. Sensible advice!