Even when I block out a whole day for writing (and congratulate myself for taking it so seriously), and prepare in advance a list of Things To Write, why do I let life get in the way and do all the non-writing Things To Do instead? Why??
And what can I do about it? (Yes, this is a plea for suggestions from you. I know my usual way on the blog is to give you inspiration, but today let’s play role-reversal. Please?)
Here’s the thought process.
1. Paid work is just that: paid. So obviously it’s more important than writing a book that doesn’t even have a proper structure or plan yet, says my inner logic. So why wouldn’t I deal with the paid work first?
2. Family comes first. Always. So of course I need to phone my mum and reassure her that everything is fine, before I get down to writing business.
3. Feeding the aforementioned family is part of my job as Mummy. So of course I would put dinner in the slow cooker before getting out the writing implements.
4. Speaking of writing implements: laptop, you are very useful and I appreciate everything about you. But as soon as I open you I can see all my emails and a million distractions. (See 1. And 2.) Yes, I could close all those windows. But I swear you open them again yourself when I’m busy trying to type a sentence for the third time.
And here is my single conclusion so far:
Write using paper and pen. In a different room from the laptop. It’s the only answer.
But it’s not the whole answer. If it was, I would have come home from dropping the boy off at school, picked up a notebook and pen, and got on with it.
So how do I convince myself that writing this book is as important as the other stuff? That’s today’s big question. All answers gratefully received!