Thursday, January 15, 2009

If I Can Do 17 Days...

If I can do 17 days on the Master Cleanse (down 14.2 pounds, thank you very much), why can't I be more disciplined about writing? After all, I love to eat, but I didn't for 17 days - amazing if you know me and my capacity for food. And I love to create stories, yet I struggle to sit at my keyboard and get more than a sentence out. I'm not stuck. I know what happens (mostly, a lot of my story works itself out in the writing) but I've barely managed 5 pages this week. That's not how I wanted to start this new year.

I know what to do. Sit down and write. It's simple! Simple to say, not so simple to do. Do you struggle with this too? Tell me I'm not alone.

14 comments:

  1. You are SO not alone.

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  2. Definitely not alone!

    I've fallen asleep on my laptop many times this week, not because I don't like my newest work in progress, but because I just can't find the motivation to do any work...

    And, my God, you are awesome for doing 17 days of Master Cleanse! At least you're accomplishing something!!

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  3. I struggled with this, same time last year. I knew I wanted to do all of this stuff and yet I couldn't make myself do it. So I piddled away the first half of 08 doing...I have no clue!

    Right now I'm motivated because I'm editing something that's been requested. But trust me, I've been there.

    And wow on the 17 days of Master Cleanse! Amazing!

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  4. You are so not alone hon. I have no magic answers. Sorry.

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  5. You're not alone. Currently struggling through a manuscript. Halfway through and it's as if I hit a wall. Blech.

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  6. Kristen - could scoot over in that boat? I need to sit my fat ass down with your skinny one.

    You are not alone!

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  7. I'm so easily distracted right now. American Psycho took up all my writing time last night. yes, I've seen it before. Yes, I know what happens.
    and yet, there I sat. Not working.

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  8. I'm here with you! I know what my problem is though; it's not instant gratification like writing my blog. See, on our blogs we get immediate responses. On our writing it takes time to get it out there for someone to see and respond. Forge ahead and good luck!

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  9. Not alone. I've been playing musical scenes instead of actually writing for two days now.

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  10. I struggle all the time. The way I beat the block this week was to just pick up a scene I wanted to write rather than starting at the beginning. It helped, this time, but it doesn't always. I've also been spending much of my week watching Torchwood fan videos on YouTube because it's easier than writing.

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  11. That is always my problem. Every day is a struggle to get started.

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  12. You are SO not alone. I can find more excuses NOT to write. But I just found out eHarlequin is doing an online pitch for Special Edition the first of March, and my NaNo book is targeted for SE. So now I have a real big reason to get the last two chapters written so they'll be ready to pitch.

    Marilyn
    As for the Master Cleanse... I gave it a try and actually like the lemonade. But that salt water thing. Ugh. It never had a chance to go out the other end because I kept vomiting it back up. I don't salt any food so I'm really sensitive to the taste of it. I was so hoping to drop some poundage before we leave for Curacao on the 24th. Ain't gonna happen at this rate. :-(

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  13. Of course you aren't alone. Getting the right words on paper isn't easy, and it's much harder to create something than to deny yourself something. Right now I'm having a devil of a time getting geared up to write anything - including blog posts - but the dieting seems like a breeze. :hugs: I'm there with you (although not to the Master Cleanse extent).

    Oh, and thanks for the cartoon. I love Calvin and Hobbes. What a hoot. =oD

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  14. YOU'RE NOT ALONE!

    Promise. :-)

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