“[The short story] is a particularly nice length to write, since it can be finished before the author gets tired of it.”
– Leslie Charteris
The hardest part about writing is the actual act of sitting down and staying put. It’s too easy to get distracted. Sometimes I’ll even find myself doing silly things like cleaning my keyboard, just to procrastinate from having to write. If you can sit down and possess the endurance to hammer out a couple hundred words, writing’s a cinch. On Fiverr I have a gig where I write a 400 word article and deliver it within 24 hours, it sounds more impressive than it actually is. According to Yahoo Answers, always a reliable source, the average person can type about 70 words a minute. By my math I get four dollars for roughly six minutes of work. If I had the clientele, I could pull $40 an hour excluding set up time.
My word count says that I’ve typed 160 words in this post so far. I started four minutes ago and took a two minute break to visit Yahoo Answers and refill my coffee mug. At this point I’m literally typing out whatever pops into my mind. If you’re one of those people who claim that they “don’t know what to write,” you should just start typing out your thoughts. Someone will probably think they’re interesting.
When I was a kid I remember reading about some “extreme” artist who defecated in a jar, stuck a cross in the feces and called it art. People lauded him for being “profound.” Even elitist snobs are morons. They’ll fawn over a pile sh*t.