So when it came time for me to write my post for Temptation Week, I thought about the many ways we are tempted in a single writing day (and night) and I couldn’t pick just one. Instead, I opted for a list of some of the many.
Ladies and gentlemen…
You know you’re a writer if you’re tempted to…
…send out a hundred e-queries in a single day because you can’t wait to get responses.
…check your FB, Twitter, Goodreads sites “just for a sec” while you are in the midst of a crucial scene. To, you know, cleanse the palate.
…refresh your email every five seconds (and then check your settings to make sure somehow it didn’t get changed from the automatic 1-minute-refresh setting you had chosen weeks earlier.)
…worry that your work isn’t actually as good as everyone says and, like everyone’s favorite clothing-optional Emperor, be hours away from a global reveal.
…send off your query before your manuscript is really ready because you are so excited (and rightly so!) to finally be at this stage, even though you know it could stand a good deal more polishing before you submit.
…check your sales numbers on Amazon and B&N every fifteen minutes (even though they make it clear they update them hourly).
…along those same lines, google your book title. (Even though you have set up alerts on every search engine on the planet. You know, in case the superbrain of the internet fails to catch one. Hey, it could happen.)
…not think you can call yourself a writer until you’re published, even though all you want to do is live, eat and write (not necessarily in that order) and you think up stories and how to shape them almost as often as you draw breath.
…compare your work and/or your progress with every other writer on the planet and not be content until you have clicked and scrolled and googled yourself into a state of total self-doubt and self-pity.
And finally, the number one temptation of all, my friends …the Mack Daddy…the most popular and quite possibly the very worst temptation (no, chocolate, for once I am NOT looking at you)…
You are tempted to give up.
No, no, no, no, no.
Surf the web, finish the ice cream, check your numbers. If you can resist only one temptation, promise me you will make it this last one. If writing gives you pleasure, and if getting published is your goal, then do not give in to temptation and do not give up.
Which temptation of yours have I left off this list?