For two days I’ve trying to start a blog post for From the Seasonally Occupied Territories about the visit of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan to Vineyard Haven. The possibilities were infinite. I couldn’t pick one.
The 38th voyage of the Morgan, which was built in 1841, is big news in southern New England right now. I visited her several times and was among the hundreds who saw her off last Wednesday morning.
This morning I sat down and Just Did It. The first line of the draft in progress is “Where to start, where to start?” My blog post is now under way.
This trick always works. Why do I keep forgetting it?
Update, 24 hours later: The blog post referred to above, “The Morgan Comes to Call,” is now live. “Where to start, where to start?” remained at the top till my last pass through the text. It’s served its purpose, I thought. Out it came.