I received no replies to a couple of blog posts I enjoyed writing - a disappointment. I received no new book reviews. A nonfiction project isn't flowing. My main beta reader is on a month-long vacation. My agent is out of touch as is my editor, so of course I wonder if I've done something wrong or if they're just busy. I'm a fixer, so when situations are out of my hands, I am not a happy camper. Proactive is my middle name. Patience . . . not so much.
I'd rather curl up with a book and an ice cream cone, then crawl into bed early
On these days, I know better than to tackle something that takes much creative energy. I'm overly tired, and I'd rather curl up with a book and an ice cream cone, then crawl into bed early (pre-two AM).
On those days I do not want to write . . . anything. Why risk inserting those pitiful feelings into my prose? But frankly, I need to write, even a little bit. It's during these moments that I teach myself to buckle down and keep going. Because if I don't stay busy, the "what-ifs" haunt me. I can over-think something to death!
What if my book isn't selling as well as the editor wishes?
What if my agent isn't happy with my performance and is afraid to tell me?
What if my second book isn't as well received as my first?
What if readers are tired of my editorials in FundsforWriters?
What if I can't find that twist at the end of book three?
What if I'm not the writer I think I am?
What if I'm a fraud?
Silliness. I know. But I'm letting you know that everyone . . . every last single one of us . . . has one of those days. And it's normal. It's okay. Write a few words to prove that nothing will stop you from writing (you'll appreciate yourself in the morning if you do), then go get your book and ice cream. Be gentle to yourself on those days . . . after you've put a few words on paper. Prove that nothing gets in the way of you and your writing. Even yourself.
Enjoy this little video . . . especially if you've had a hard day. *smile*