Monday, July 30, 2007

Do What You Have To Do

I've been writing with the intent of publication for approximately three years. While I've always (ALWAYS) wrote, I've only recently allowed myself to believe I could make a go of this.

So as what I consider a baby author I sometime have difficulty taking the next step or balancing what I need to do with what I WANT to do. But just like in my everyday life there are things I have to do that I may not wanna do. Run errands, grocery shop (ick), clean the kitchen, bathe the cat... All those things need to get done.

Just like in my writing life I need to WRITE, promo, edit, plot, plan, and a million other things and just like wrestling my fat cat boy into the bathtub, I may wake up on any given morning and not want to write. Or promo. Or edit. Hell, or do anything at all except stare at the life force/energy draining boob tube that sits less than 3 feet away from my bed.

So on those days that you don't want to do what you HAVE to do, what do you do? If you're anything like me, you put on your big girl panties and do what you have to do. You write even though every word you type seems to suck with a super strength that would bring a man to his knees. You smile and type witticisms when all you wanna do is curl up in a ball and eat a gallon of ice cream. You read your upcoming release for the 8th time and you...Do what you have to do.

I'm not Nora. I may never reach that Nora-like status, but in order to get to where I need to be I am going to have to do certain things. Things I may not want to do but in the long run I have to ask myself what I want more. To watch a talk show about Men sleeping with their Wives’ brothers who are really Transsexual women midgets or do I wanna see my name on the USA Today's best sellers list.

Yeah...We all know the answer…

So when you don’t think you can put one foot in front of the other what do you do to get over that self-made mountain?



Blogger Sara Thacker said...

You just do it. I usually change where I am physically and that helps. I need to start a new book and I'm thinking about pulling out my little Alpha Smart so I can write when I'm doing stuff with the kids. Sometimes I don't want to write and I just don't. Other times I don't want to write and I sit in my chair and type out every painfilled word.

July 30, 2007 at 5:26 AM  
Blogger Dana Belfry said...

I'm with Sara, sometimes I just have to grab the laptop and LEAVE. Somtimes I even sit in my car in a random parking structure (it's shady and nothing fun/interesting EVER happens in parking structures) and write in my car. I actually get quite a bit done.

July 30, 2007 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

I always have a long to do list, usually filled with things I don't want to do. I'll pick the lesser of the evils to start with, or do a little of this and a little of that on the days that I'm not terribly motivated. When I really don't feel like writing, I promo, or I clean LOL - most of the time though, I'd rather write than do anything else.

July 30, 2007 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Shelli Stevens said...

I remind myself that technically I can make my daily word count/goal in 1/2 hour. Then if I really don't want to write anymore, I don't have to. And I can be free to surf the net--or in your case, watch Sponge Bob :) Hee hee. I usually force it. But if it's really bad, to the point where I'm numb, I take a few days off. Because obviously I need it.

July 30, 2007 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger C. T. Adams said...

I do the fifteen minute rule. You can put up with almost anything for fifteen minutes. So I set the egg timer for fifteen minutes. I re-read the last two or three pages of the work in progress and I type until the bell rings. Most of the time, by the time the bell rings I'm actually into what I'm doing and I don't want to stop. If I'm not, I give myself permission to screw around for an hour--set the alarm for the full sixty--and come back after the bell rings and do another 15. I know it sounds stupid. But it really works for me.

July 31, 2007 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger C. T. Adams said...

I work for 15 minutes or a half hour alternating with screwing around for 15 minutes or a half hour. But with writing, I find that once I've started that hard 15 minutes, I get on such a roll that I want to ignore the bell and keep going. But then, writing has always been my big passion.

July 31, 2007 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger C. T. Adams said...

OK, that was weird REALLY WEIRD. It wouldn't let me comment, and I TRIED HARD. THEN it decides to comment for me twice making me look like a dufus and idiot. OY!

July 31, 2007 at 4:25 PM  

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