Today I have finished my short story. Three quarters of it was written months ago, and then, at its climax, I stopped writing; I froze, feared writing something terrible, over-thought everything from how it could unfold to how I couldn't finish it. Months passed, and writing fiction fell behind writing poetry and living life (relationships take up a lot of time... and careers, too - who knew!) I told myself today, "just write." And that's just what I did. I put aside all preconceived notions, pretexts, excuses, and just wrote, wrote and wrote. I wrote 3500 words, good (but unedited) words. My goodness, what a feeling! If I can maintain this rate, I can truly embark on a larger project and see it to its fruition. My my point here is therefore to add to the litany of "just write" encouragements and platitudes for those stuck in a rut as I often find myself. Think of something you'd like to write, and write it out. You may have a good idea of your plot, you might have a general direction, you might have none of that, but write and the words will flow. Edit later if you're a terrible first drafter, and be proud that you've put words to paper. Happy long weekend, folks.