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.