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You know what would really help me write this post? A good cup of coffee. Let me go ahead and brew a pot real quick. Then, I’ll probably do some freewriting, so that I’m more “in the zone.” I don’t want this post to come off as rambly, so I should probably get that out of my system. And actually, maybe I should write a quick outline for this post first. Then I’ll be sure I can really nail it.

Or Maybe I Could Just Do It

This is an unhealthy condition that I’m going to title “fauxductivity.” Mostly because wordventions are the sign of a true thoughtrepreneur.

Alright, but seriously.

I talked a bit earlier this week about an idea that I had for a video series, which I’ve codenamed Project Greenfield. I talked about my uncertainty as to how to move forward. Whether I should spend time trying to write character bios, or whether I need an outline.

I spent hours questioning whether or not I could use a narrator. I had an idea for what he could say, but I didn’t know whether a narrator would fit the feel of the story. So maybe I need to read up more on the genre, so I can make my stuff fit better in that sphere, …

This is the Horror of Fauxductivity

It’s possible to spend hours, days, even years working on “the thing that will help you do the thing you want to do.” Maybe you’ve been saving up money so you can buy a super-fancy camera, because then you can start making videos. Maybe you’re waiting to get through school, so then you can start working on your novel.

Most of the time, these barriers are artificial.

Will these things help? Yeah. Probably. Having a lifetime of experience and knowledge is likely a useful tool for just about anything you want to do. But they’re addons, not barriers. Usually you’re going to be far better off if you dip your toe in the water of what you enjoy first, and work on improving it second.

You don’t need to wait for conditions to be perfect before you get started on something. It’s far too easy to get so wrapped up in being fauxductive, that by the time you really feel ready (and you never will), you’ll have forgotten what you were so excited about in the first place.

I started writing a script…

I’m about six pages in.

It has a narrator.

The narrator doesn’t work.

I’ll get rid of him when I write a second draft.

I know more now about the story now than I ever did.

And the next draft will be even better.

What are your barriers? Are you being fauxductive?