There’s something I have recently learned and it’s something that I have to tell myself every day.
Strike while the iron is hot.
When I’m inspired to write, excited about what comes next, that’s when I need to write. That’s when I need to put pen to paper and let my soul pour out onto the page. I can check my email, Twitter, and my usual blogs first, but I need to be quick about it.
I need to write.
So, why is it so easy to ignore these promptings from my inner editor? When my inner editor is excited, it is much better than when she is crabby and telling me to quit writing and get a job as a librarian. And lately, my inner editor has been pretty happy. She likes the story and the way it’s turning out and I haven’t been panicking as much about writing.
Why is it so much easier to procrastinate than to just write?
Maybe part of the problem lies in the above sentence ” I can check my email, Twitter, and my usual blogs first, but I need to be quick about it.” I allow myself to “just check things really quick”. What defines “really quick”? When does it end?
Enter the conundrum of the procrastinator. A friend and I refer to procrastination as Lord Procrastination– a devious villain with minions of Distraction.
I am a procrastinator. Both of my parents are natural procrastinators (at least I get it honestly), but genes are no excuse.
A writer must write or he (or she) ceases to be a writer.
That’s just logic.
Honestly, I have no idea why I procrastinate at something I love. I have no idea why I get what I call Writer’s ADD (*writes 2 sentences* Oh, look! Twitter! And Pinterest! And that blog I haven’t checked in three months! I should update my blog. SQUIRREL!).
I do know that I need to teach myself to write when I can. I need to teach myself to strike while the iron is hot and not let myself get distracted. I need to be accountable for myself.
I have a goal. I want to finish LASER by the end of NaNo. As I write this, I have approximately 108 pages/27k words to reach 50k. I have approximately 21 days left of NaNo. That’s about 5 pages a day that I have to write. 1250 words. And that’s just to get to 50k. My story may be longer.
It’s a fearless, hopeless optimism. I want to finish it in time, but I don’t know that I can.
I do know this. If I allow myself to procrastinate and not write when I do have inspiration, I will have to write without inspiration. And that isn’t as fun or productive.
I have to strike when the iron is hot.
How’s NaNo going for all you? Let me know in the comments!