Here we go again, people! Go write!
Are you sick of me yet? Wouldn’t blame you because I get sick of myself plenty, but all the same, here I am, and there you are, and what’s left of your novel?
There’s no way I’m going to make to Halloween without repeating myself, but that’s okay if it helps you get your novel done. So.. Where is the story? What have you written in the last ten days? What are you going to write tonight and tomorrow and the next day? Has the space ship landed, the murderer been found, the lovers parted? What is going on? Don’t tell me you don’t know.
Okay. Maybe you haven’t so much as looked at your novel in days. Weeks. Oh well. Right now is a whole new minute. Think about your story. Pick it up. Open it. There is a story there that needs telling. Characters that need attention. Go ahead and neglect something or someone in your real life. Go write.
Look, we all know that no free-time fairy is going to alight upon our time pieces and give us the free time we need and crave. No loved one is going to say, “You know what? I don’t need you to do x, y, and z for me. You go and write that great novel of yours.” No garden gnome is going to dig up a treasure and leave it on your doorstep. Whatever fantasy it is that you keep wishing for that will give you the time, permission, and money to write is not going to happen. The only way that novel is going to get written is if you take the bloody time, ignore a few loved ones, and stop caring about the cash. The world will not stop if you just write. Really.
Tiny badger is like a devil on your shoulder–go on, you know you want to, go write. Come on. It will make you feel good! It’ll be great. Just this once….
And actually, tiny badger says he’ll come and chew on your novel in the middle of the night if you don’t work on it. Tiny badger loves to nibble on neglected work–page numbers are appetizers, introductions and prologues are salads and all the adjectives are bacon bits sprinkled on top. So, don’t make tiny badger eat more. He’s too heavy for my pocket as it is.
Okay? Good. Go write.