Writer’s block: A story of unfinished stories

It turns out you can force creativity after all.  I was recently an innocent bystander to the new version of controlled assessment employed in GCSE Music, where students are basically locked in a room with a bunch of instruments and equipment and told to compose music that will form a significant percentage of their final GCSE grades.

Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey: People who do most of the work but never actually finish can be pretty useful

This wouldn’t work for me.  I currently have about a dozen half-written posts for this blog, totalling around a thousand words, that I can’t finish.  In fact, I’m a two-thirds finished sort of person.  I guess lots of us are like this, the difference between people like me and those school students is that they have to force those last few per cent out or their teachers, parents and consciences will be on their cases, whereas I only have my conscience to deal with.  People who come up with ideas and get them nearly finished before moving onto the next one are actually pretty useful, we just need to be teamed up with people who are good at tying up details.

My own Music GCSE composition followed exactly the path you’d expect – mostly done in a matter of hours, followed by weeks of trying to tweak it to perfection.  I finished less than one percent from an A*.  In those days, an A* was a pretty big deal!

I’m not sure what my point is – that I should be locked in an exam room and forced to finish my blog posts (or house decorating or lesson planning for that matter) or that we should change the education system to take account of different personality types; I have, predictably, lost focus and am going to finish right here.

At least I managed to finish this one.

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