Slowing Yourself Down
Do you slow yourself down by having to have everything in your world in perfect order before you begin to write?
Do you have to have the beds made, your first or second cup of coffee. Do you have to hear your favorite song to get you motivated? Do you have to clean house while you think about your next chapter? Did you forget to buy something for dinner at the grocers?
All of these pesky everyday chores are nothing more than writer’s block. If it’s your heart’s desire to write, why would you be slowing yourself down?
Some say there is no such thing as writer’s block. I’ve never had it, but I believe anything that keeps you from writing is writer’s block.
One of the ways you can avoid this type of writer’s block is to set aside a time during your day to write. Yet, it’s not that simple. You may know that at 9:00 a.m. you will begin to write and will do so until noon. However, by 9:00 the phone has rung four times with people needing your assistance. You think you have time to run to the grocery and end up doing a week’s shopping and making yourself late again, so you put off writing till the next day. Either you really don’t want to write, or you need some restraint.
Setting a time when your writing routine will not be affected is best. Do you write best in the wee hours before sunrise? Okay, then go to bed a little earlier so you can wake earlier. Get in the habit of it. If that doesn’t work for you because you have family you have to get out of the house to start their days, then begin to look at various time intervals in your day and pick the best.
Once you’ve decided on a certain time span devoted just to you and your prose, do not take your gift for granted. Do not cheat on time. You are only cheating yourself.
All of this writer’s block business comes down to how much you really wish to write and how committed you are to practicing your craft and making inroads into the writing world. Is that really what you want?
I’ve included a poem here that I wrote some years ago. It’s called, what else?
strong in my mind
too cold, can’t think
fingers won’t move
rise from my chair
rummage through closet, find a sweater
something warm to drink
still cold, climb on treadmill, move circulation.
Already skipped breakfast
another cup of tea, a cookie or two.
Go to the bathroom, wash hands
stare out the window
conjure my story
and the grocery list
sort the laundry
pick up kids
Tea is cold
flick on TV while microwave heats
finish watching show, learn about plots
write a screenplay some day.
Actor wasn’t good, story not credible
very upsetting, destroyed my mood.
I can write better than that!
Get to work
create mind boggling twists.
Answered the phone, talked too long
Voicemail gets the next one
turn the volume down.
Stare at the monitor
tap a key
a few more keys
no more delays
no more tea
don’t hold your bladder.
Daydreaming my story’s finished
Close the drapes, sit down
words pour out
catch up, work faster, more diligently
never mind typos, edit later
say it succinctly first time through
catch up, don’t fall behind
deadlines to meet.
sentence after sentence
Oh, that’s good!
the end’s now in sight
my best story yet
Surely I work better under pressure.
Wonder why other people have writer’s block….
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