What do you do when you need to get to work, when someone is expecting revisions, or when you're on a tight deadline, but even the thought of turning on the computer makes you feel like running outside screaming? Not to mention, it's a glorious, sunny day, the kind that tempts writers to fly kites and play barefoot in the grass.
My first thought was, I should write a whiny blog post about this and ask for advice. Then, my second, wiser thought was: I think I've written about that before.
Sure enough, after a bit of searching, I dug up my previous post: When writing is hard work. Unfortunately I didn't provide myself with much in the way of answers. But YOU did. The comments on that post are a goldmine!
Here's what you suggested:
1. Break the work down into manageable, less-intimidating goals.
2. Tell others about my goals, so they can hold me accountable
3. Push myself to write only one sentence, in the hope that I'll get sucked into the work in spite of myself.
4. Revising what I wrote the day before might also suck me in.
5. Take frequent breaks as rewards. Go for a walk.
6. Focus on how good that end will feel.
7. Read for inspiration.
Goodness, I have brilliant readers! Thanks, y'all. I'll update you on my progress.
In the meantime, any other suggestions?
Now back to work!
*The image is mine, from the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta