I found this quote on Lee Hyat’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/leehyat?fref=photo
This is a great reminder. Far too often (every day?) I struggle to get started. I have more excuses than the power ball lotto has dollars. I’m tired. I need to clean the fridge. I should go out for a walk before the wind comes up. (Well, it’s true. Often the calmest part of the day is when I need to be writing. Notice how unspecific that is so it can cover any time of the day.). I need to throw the load of laundry from the washing machine to the drier. I need to make an appointment for____ (insert anything you can come up with). I should shred the stack of paper parked on the shredder. I could sort out books. My goal is to reduce the number of books in this house. Gasp. But yes, really. I must. Just a few every week so it doesn’t hurt so much. I’ve taken to watching Hoarders—Family Secrets as added incentive to get rid of things. Watching one of those episodes makes me want to empty every shelf and cupboard in the house. But, you know what?, I’ve learned that every time I empty out a cupboard or closet and revel in only 1 thing on the shelf someone sees the space and fills it with their things. But as to the excuses I come up with, need I continue? Wait, something just blinked in my head. An idea. A realization.
Perhaps I should turn all that creativity at finding excuses into work on my story. Good idea. Too bad it wasn’t as easy as simply turning on a tap at the sink.
Am I the only one who struggles to get at my work…work, I love once I get going? Okay to be perfectly honest there are days I hate my work—hate the story, want to kill the characters, want to move to Mexico. But on the whole, I love my work. It’s just getting started that I struggle with.
Any suggestions? What works for you?