I often hear from would-be authors, “But I just don’t have time to write. I think about my book and my story all day, but I don’t get time to sit down at the keyboard.”
Somethings that is horribly true. Today is my day to be de-railed by minor tasks. I need to take some packages to the post office. I need to unload my car of the boxes of stuff I brought down from my ‘old’ office to my ‘new’ office, and find places to put all of it. Worse, I am chained to my house waiting for the third service call on my dishwasher. This time, whoever comes has to sit down and have a cup of tea until the dishwasher has completed a full cycle without leaking all over the kitchen floor. Third time’s the charm, right?
I don’t like days like this, when there are things I must do that are outside of my regular set of tasks. Unfortunately, January and February are full of those things. I’ve been kicking and screaming my way through tax forms, listening to the ‘hold’ music for Social Security, trying to get ID cards for the new employee health care, while trying to keep up with chickens, dogs, cat and yard. All to the detriment of my writing hours.
Tonight I will take some time from myself and do some writing. I’ve been allowing myself to watch television in the evenings. Not tonight. Tonight that hour goes to the keyboard.
Over the years, this has been the only thing that works for me. Ultimately, I know that when I look back, I will not remember the plot or character names of whatever TV series I watched, but I will recall the story and what happened in it, if I write it. So. Tonight I am promising myself that I will write the scene where she opens the window and lets it in!