My favorite time to write? That’s simple.
I like to write when things are going well. When the words are flowing, when my characters are either doing what I want them to, or coming up with their own ideas that don’t make things too difficult. When I understand what I’m trying to say and describing it exactly the way I feel about it in my head.
I’d imagine it’s pretty much the same for everything creative – there are days for painters when the colors mix just right, and for cooks where the sauce reduces perfectly, and for musicians where the guitar strings never break and the harmonies sound glorious.
The trick is managing it when things aren’t easy. Last week when I asked some other writers for their writing advice, I was interested by how many of them said some form of, “Put your butt in the chair and write.”
I don’t think this is limited to writing. Some days we want to go to work. Some days we want to go to the gym. Some days we want to read the Russian classic that is sitting forlornly on the bedside table.
And sometimes we don’t. And sometimes we do it anyway.
So I give you a challenge. Name the thing you’ve been putting off, waiting until you felt like doing it, and get it done. I don’t care if it’s starting a novel or taking out the recycling. I’ll do it too – look for my comment and I’ll tell you what it is.
When you’ve done it, come back and tell us.
Here’s your incentive: I’ll pick a random achiever at the end of the day and give them a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice (and yes, my fellow Debs are eligible for this one). Because a little reward never hurts when you’re trying to get things done.
Okay, so I am traveling, so I actually wrote this post ahead of time, and when I did, I took the time to do something I had been putting off for literally MONTHS.
I have had beautiful curtains for my office and the bedroom hanging in my closet for months (having spent a good amount of money having them tailored and cleaned, I might add). The hooks were in my office. The rods were up and ready to go. All I had to do was HANG the darn things. Seriously! 15 minutes of work I put off for 6 months.
The crazy thing is, the curtains look beautiful, and I wish I’d done it way earlier!
So how’d you all do?
The answer is….great! You cleaned out drawers and closets, wrote, exercised, made appointments, and organized the heck out of yourselves.
Congrats to everyone who participated. I think I’ll have to do this again sometime. And random.org says the winner is….
Kristi, who’s getting her house in order, and taking care of her family’s health. Hooray! Kristi, I’ll be in touch via email to get you your gift certificate!