The TV show can wait.
The dishes can wait.
The laundry can wait.
Your creative life can’t.
Life’s treating you like a captive in an outhouse.
But wait! Those ill-fated moments can launch you into some quality writing.
You shrug your shoulders, admit you have nothing to lose, reach for your pen and durable paper [no bathroom tissue, please], and have at it.
And…even if, in your heedless state, a little doubt is tucked in your back pocket, here is a vital kick in the seat of the pants.
Yes, it’s time…
One of your favorite characters has to meet his demise.
You’ve written yourself [your character, actually] into a corner.
Buck up, put on your ‘audacious author’ pants, and lead him off the pier.
So to speak.
To coin a phrase.
As it were.
Need a little help with this challenging next step?
There is prewriting. That’s good.
And then there’s prewriting hysteria. Not so good.
Create a basic framework as a starting point and let inspiration and imagination fill in the blanks.
However, if you’ve signed onto a previously promoted two-month ‘finish this!’ program, well, just ignore the first draft suggestion above.
Hey, it’s the writing life! No one said it would make sense.
The voice is back.
Today’s message: “Forget this aimless pastime. Spend time with family, friends, pets, yard work…fill in the blank. Something constructive, something that leaves a mark.”
[Notice I didn’t mention the dirty dishes.]
Hang in there. Today’s haunting is just another version of resistance, another creeping doubt meant to undermine your creative work.
Suggestion: write a quick note to ‘the voice’.
Other than this brief authorial detour, make it clear it won’t deter you. [Nice that you’re engaging in the very activity the voice wants to inhibit, by the way.]
Use a large font size. Print it out. Post it above the computer.
Some folks even name the voice and put a face to it. Sounds like a hint at the next entry…