Badgering–The Visualization Edition

Hey fellow writers!

Tonight I’ve got some free time. Real time without the kid or the husband. Wow. Think of all the things I could do to avoid writing! Organize my closet studio. Vacuum. Laundry. Go to the bookstore. Make phone calls. Write emails! So many good ways to avoid writing. After all, most of those things need to be done. (Yes, the bookstore is a need. It is!) But still I won’t be writing.

What about you? What are all the things you’re doing instead of writing? STOP! Life will go on unorganized. Your carpet doesn’t need to be vacuumed right now. You’ve got something else to wear and even if you do have to do laundry–what are you going to do while the clothes spin? The bookstore–only go there if you’re going to check where your book is going to go on the bookshelf. Yeah, why not? Where is your book going to be on the shelf? Who are the writers next to you? Just for some positive imagery, go and imagine pulling YOUR book off the shelf. Maybe that’s silly–but you gotta believe. What harm does it do?

But visualization aside, eventually you’ve got to sit down and write. It matters. You matter and your book matters and if I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t be writing this. Hey, I could be watching Doctor Who. Torchwood comes on soon, too, but all the gods as my witness, I’m going to be working on my novel.


Let’s work together. And if it helps, check in. Let me know how far you’ve gotten. It doesn’t have to be far, but are you on track? How much more do you have to get done by Halloween? That day will be here before you know it.

Get writing.

4 thoughts on “Badgering–The Visualization Edition

  1. This is why I have to get up early to write. I sit down, I force myself to NOT click on the Internet, and I don’t allow myself to do anything else until I’ve written at least 500 words, often more, never over a 1,000. Then I let myself do whatever the rest of the day (when I’m not being a mother/housewife, that is.)

    I’m over 60,000 words, and I think that for a YA novel, that might be enough. I was expecting to have to go much farther, but the story is winding down. But, like you, I’m having a difficult time now. The ending is horrible to write, isn’t it? And I’m thinking about the beginning/middle and ugh! Is it any good? It’s not coherent! It’s not what I was planning! I need to add this! Take out this!

    But I’ll try to end it first.

  2. You are such a gem to know, Marta. Truly. I’m am glad to avoid writing by reading your blog and comments on my blog.

    I want to submit something for the current Glimmertrain deadline (April 30) and am having a hard time. I have a story that started with two simple things: a hard-boiled egg and a piece of lettuce…ain’t that compelling? And I’ve changed the surrounding story so many times I can’t think straight. But the story is about family, and that’s the topic of the April 30 deadline.

    My excuse for not finishing the story is that my social life has been unusually active lately. I’m telling myself that real people are more important than fictional characters, but those of us here now that is one lame excuse.

  3. For the longest time, I needed everything to be perfect before I could write — I couldn’t write because the dishes weren’t done, because the laundry needed to be put away, because the closets weren’t organized, because the mail wasn’t filed. Then a little over a year ago, writing became a burning need. I started the blog and committed to doing some writing every day, and so I have and damn the dishes.

  4. P.S. Sorry it’s taken me so long to stop by — I’ve missed visiting — just fell too far behind on everyone when my computer broke last month. Hope to be all caught up with you tonight! Yay! 🙂

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