CURRENTLY WORKING ON: Keenan's Dilemma (Paranormal Erotic Comedy)
MOOD: Dangerously Cracked ~maniacal laugh~
I don't have a problem getting my butt into the chair; it's what I do once I'm there that's the problem. Below are some of my best excuses for not writing (in no particular order). See how many of these you share and then tell me your own personal favorites:
1. I don't feel like it. You can't make me.
2. OMG, I have to redo my website. It's almost perfect...just a couple hundred more tweaks.
3. I'm too busy editing someone else's book and it needs a complete rewrite, so I'll just take it upon myself to do that for him.
4. But it's Monday and there are all these posts to answer...if I don't, everyone will hate me! Not to mention all these emails, opportunities, and free viagra...
5. I'm waiting for inspiration. Hello...hello...is anyone out there? ~the muse laughs wickedly from under the bed~
6. Are you crazy? There's a Ghost Hunters marathon on!
7. My office is a mess.
8. My bedroom is a mess.
9. My brain is a mess.
10. My computer needs another overhaul, even though I did it last week, and the week before, and the week...
11. I have a release coming up. These promos won't get out by themselves, you know.
12. My granddaughter needs me to watch kids' shows with her all day long. God bless Barney.
13. My husband is off work today, so I need to talk to him until he agrees with me.
14. Here's a subject I'm really interested in that has nothing to do with my current project...if I just research this all day, it's bound to come back to what I need, right?
15. The bed is soooooo warm and comfy...just a few more minutes...
There are many, many more.
Whenever anyone asks me how I avoid writer's block (a nice way of saying cerebral constipation), I tell them with absolute aplomb, to just start writing...anything...put your fingers on the buttons and start pushing. I also tell them that writing is not inspiration but dedication...and a lot of discipline. Now, I have to take my own advice, which is too bad since I'm a big fan of "do as I say, not as I do."
What helps me most? An unreal deadline and an editor with a barbed whip. If I could only hire someone to convince me that everything is on deadline. Volunteers? A phone call would do...
So now I'm back to the jumbled keys staring up at me, screaming, "Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!" I think I will oblige them today...