Writers seem to agree that there is nothing more intimidating than a blank page. I would argue that the tasks of outlining, editing, writing a query, writing a synopsis, pitching, and even blogging are just as hard. It’s all work, and as with any work, it is hard to rally the willpower to do it.
And excuses are easy to come by. I have a full-time job. I have to get the laundry done, dinner made, homework checked, clothes ironed, children played with and then bathed, books read, dishes washed, cat fed, litter box emptied, floor swept, mail sorted, counters cleaned…I could go on. Want me to go on? Okay, here goes (deep breath) – dance class attended, trash taken out, bathrooms cleaned, beds made, groceries purchased, doctors visited, meetings attended, yard work done, social engagements met…okay, that’s enough. I’m spent. Can I just sit down and watch The Bachelor in Paradise now? Cause I’m, like, three weeks behind, and I’m pretty sure that there are fantasy suite scenes to watch.
Something tells me that your list of excuses looks pretty similar to mine. But we have to persevere, people! We have to stay on task. We have to say, ‘No, Chris Harrison! I can live without the most shocking rose ceremony ever. I can!’
‘But how?’ you say.
Someone in my writing club suggested using time sheets. She sets herself a requirement of eight hours per week – an extra workday if you will – and she records her time. How brilliant is that?
Good luck to those of you who decide to try it. It’s not a wonder drug. But, for me, it is a concrete way to see how little writing I’ve been doing. It’s a tool that will hopefully keep me from making quite so many excuses in the future.