Every time that I go to the WordPress homepage, I see the blog post titled, “Now More Than Ever: Just Write.” I know they are talking about blogging, but it applies to writers, specifically me at this moment.
I stare at my computer screen, ready for a battle of wits against my novel and the metaphorical blank pages that will make up the last half of it. (Here’s where we cue the boxing gloves and Rocky music.) I write, but I don’t write like I should. When I get started good, I end up stopping for something that doesn’t have to be done at that moment unless of course my nieces or nephew need me to do their bidding. ;-) The point I’m trying to make is that I need to be writing instead of reading Facebook updates from my friends.
Usually when my friends ask me what I’m doing, I tell them I’m writing, and I’m not lying. I am writing. I’m putting my fingers to a keyboard and typing furiously. But what happens when I get stuck? I stop typing. Like now. I’m putting off working on my novel to write this blog post.
The words on the page are mocking me. They’re telling me that I need to take a break and figure it out, but I think they’re wrong. I think I need to face this part of the chapter and kick its butt. (Cue KAPOW cloud) How am I ever going to get past it unless I start writing?
It’s important to write. If I’m going to be a writer, I have to write! There’s no getting around it.
There are a million excuses to keep us from writing:
- “Well, the dishes are really piling up.”
- “That laundry won’t fold itself.”
- “That TV show looks really interesting…”
- “I have to eat, don’t I?”
(Cue a shot of an unmanned computer)
Eventually all of this has to be done, yes. Unfortunately, there aren’t little cleaning fairies to fold our laundry or wash our dishes. Although, I must say, that would be the icing on the cake. What I am saying is that these “excuses” can wait. I do realize that children can’t wait, and they aren’t excuses by any means. I may not have kids of my own, but I’m fortunate enough see my nieces and nephew every day. I know how it is when they want me to hold them while they watch cartoons. I set my writing aside, but when they run off again or nap, I need to be better about picking up my writing again and not using other “excuses” to avoid it.
Even if my novel and I aren’t on the best of terms that day, I need to face my fears of blank pages and mocking words; rejection and feelings of inadequacy; and JUST WRITE!
So, here’s me saying, I’m going to go and battle my novel now. (Cue the ding ding)