You know what it’s like, you have a miraculous hole open up in the schedule of your busy lives and you think ‘I should do some writing’ but then your inner voice kicks in with an increasingly whiny tone: ‘Do you really want to write? Let’s do something fun instead like go out somewhere/watch TV/play sport.’ Suddenly writing isn’t even on the agenda.
I don’t want to, don’t make me!
It is all too easy to talk ourselves out of time at the desk or in the study if you are lucky enough to have one. There will always be a million distractions. Silencing the whiny voice is where you start.
I was recently in just this position. The last thing I felt like doing was sitting in front of the computer screen. The project I’m working on is tricky. It’s hard work and my psyche was desperately trying to persuade me to do something less demanding and more FUN.
Steeling myself, I sat at the computer steadfastly ignoring the internet and all social media feeds because we all know what a rabbit hole they can turn out to be don’t we!
I made a bargain with myself: sit at the desk for 30 minutes and write the damn thing. I figured if after 30 minutes I was still metaphorically banging my heels on the floor in a disinterested fashion, longing to walk away, I would allow myself to do so.
Sit there and shut up!
I opened the WIP and started to write. Slowly, slowly I was reeled back in to my characters’ lives and the rather precarious point at which I had last abandoned them. I began to engage with the scene, my thoughts racing ahead to the next scene and the next.
And then the magic happened.
I was in the flow. The words were flying into my brain so fast my fingers could hardly keep up on the keyboard.
Two and a half hours and several thousand words later I paused for breath and happened to look at the clock. I could hardly believe it. Where had the afternoon gone? It felt like I had been sitting there for only a few minutes. As we all know time does not exist when we are in the flow.
Hunger drove me away from the desk in the end rather than an overwhelming desire to check my Facebook updates.
So the moral of the story is get your backside in the chair and write. Don’t listen to the whiny voice trying to entice you away. Make a bargain with it if you must but give yourself enough time to become enveloped in your make believe world and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find yourself wanting to stay.
Why not give it a try?