Write or Die!!

Alright, I admit it–I fell off the wagon.  The last time I posted here was…well, I don’t even remember, and that’s sad, but really that’s not the worst part.  The worst part is the fact that I stopped writing entirely.  True, there are some very good reasons (some would call them excuses), but the fact of the matter is, I’ve found the longer I stay away from my computer, the harder it is to go back to it.  If I take off more than two days in a row, for example, I have serious trouble trying to get back into a story and I practically have to re-read everything I’ve written in that story just to start writing again.  Trust me, this is not the most efficient way to go about writing.

So last week I finally forced myself to open my laptop, sit down, and just write something.  It was hard.  I wrote about 150 words and then played a few rounds of spider solitaire, but at least I started.  I’m now over 10,000 words on that story, and most of those words are junk–I can clearly see the parts where I was forcing myself to grind out the words, but at last I finally found myself getting into the flow, and I’m now looking forward to sitting down and getting some serious work done on it this afternoon. And honestly, what first draft isn’t full of junk words? Or at least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself.  ; )

What I’ve found is that there will always be a reason not to sit down and write.  The world is full of excuses; all you have to do is look around you and you’ll see something else you could/should be doing instead, so the key is to just ignore all that and force yourself to get to that computer and open it.  Once you start, the excuses will eventually fall away.  And even if you’ve taken off a few weeks/months/years, it’s never too late to get back to it.  Really.  So, to my fellow slackers out there, I say sit your butts down and get to it! I will be doing the same.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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