1. The common cold. Fall is here and so is cold and flu season. I’ve lost five days to my current cold and today will be spent playing catch up. My sweet daughter was first to get sick and was so happy to learn I was sick too (someone to watch cartoons with, I guess). My husband was not so happy about it. So just a reminder to wash your hands, eat right, exercise, etc. Do all the tricks you know how to do to stay away from those germs. It’s hard to get much writing done when your throat is on fire, your brain is mush, and your hands are needed to hold the Kleenex.
2. Indecision. You can waste so much time not knowing what to do next. I’ve got two endings for my novel right now and I’m trying to decide which I like better. The choice I make affects the “logic” of the story. Same when starting a new project. NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching (more on that in future blogs) and I’m down to two book ideas. I’m pretty sure which one I’m going to write, but still, the other keeps floating around in my mind. Indecision might be what people call writer’s block—you just can’t decide what to write about.
3. Avoidance. It’s amazing all the things you can find to do when you are avoiding writing. My local library had that book Kitty was talking about a few blogs ago: Write is a Verb by Bill O’Hanlon. He has a great quote leading into Chapter 2. It’s a quote that needs to go up on my computer and any other location where I’m tempted to waste time! Here it is:
“It’s amazing how long it takes to complete something you’re not working on”—R.D. Clyde