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The Writer’s Lie…addendum

My past post of a writer’s life and all that it entails resonated with a few folk, and I thought I’d tack on a few more things that perhaps other writers do that removes them from the keyboard or pad and pen. Like composing a post.

Take this morning, for example. My wife got ready  for work, and I got her lunch and my son’s lunch all set. Then I tended to the dishes, got gas for her car, drove to Dunkin Donuts for her fix of caffeine on the road, came back and made sure my Beloved was all set for her arduous day. Meanwhile my son, who is eleven, s-l-o-w-l-y got ready for school. I checked on him 10 minutes later, and he was still slumbering.

At 7:40am, the computer is on, I’ve checked my emails, and I have a few Word documents up and running, all rarin’ for words to populate the page.

One more sip of joe, and I took my boy out the bus stop. Another 10 minutes passed, and finally the bus arrived. Back inside, I made another cup of coffee. I then remembered that my Love wanted me to post a few letters and pick up some items from the store. Dutifully, after staring at my screen for another five minutes or so I got up, made sure  that our three cats were fed, and left the house for the appointed chores.

I came back and now it is 10:15am. I put away the groceries, glanced at my white screen sitting on the kitchen table, and I then managed to find something else to do before settling down to write. Because that is what I do. I write.

When I’m not engaged in any self-sabotage devices.

I got up and made the beds, and returned to my tepid cup of coffee. I sat down at my computer, scrolled through the various documents up and running. and instead decided to add this to my past post.

But within this post I just wanted to add a great resource for other writers out there. I just got the latest ‘The Writer‘ magazine, and it is LOADED with great advice as to how to get your sorry ass (there’s a self-sabotage comment if I’ve ever heard one…) in gear. Great stuff within its pages, but now….now it’s time to send along this post and get back to writing.

Because that is what I do. That is what we all do. I bid you all many filled pages of your manuscript today.

Take care, and be kind to yourself.

Paul

Copyright, Paul Grignon, 2012, All Rights Reserved.

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The Writer’s Lie…Life

Yeah, we all suffer from it. There’s always something else to do but write. Right? Am I wrong? No.

There’s always a chore at hand. Dishes to be done, shopping, vacuuming, making the beds, pet the kitties, mow the lawn, stare at the clouds (well, maybe that’s not a chore), and a myriad of other things to check on.

Like email. Or the latest news. Jesus, just a welter of things just itching to take you away from your keyboard. I guess it’s that simple, really; other things that are tangible, as opposed to that oppressive white page.

My wife works her tail off. She works two different jobs and, while our youngest is at school,  I have ample time to sit and compose ‘stuff’ at my leisure. But when do I get around to it? Is it straight away? No, there’s that 4th cup of coffee to make and, oh look, the clothes haven’t been put away, and geez, would you look at those shrubs? Christ, do they need a trim!

A ton of stupid #$@%&! excuses can wreak havoc with your writing time, and some days they get the better of me. Sure, I’m writing this blog, but that doesn’t really count now, does it? Just another lame excuse to take me away from the memoir I’m writing, or the outline to a steamy romance novella, not to mention a novel about a character who contemplates suicide, or the…. you get the picture.

All excuses are just that. They remain inexcusable. What was it that Stephen King wrote in his excellent book, ‘On Writing’? I think he churns out 10,000 words a day. A day! And other sources mention 2,000 words a day. And yet others say 600.

On top of all the excuses, there are the books and magazines on writing that take you away from writing. I have a mountain of books and papers sitting by my sofa, just waiting their turn to be read. Books, magazines, web sites, all about writing, and how much time you should take to write every day, not to mention to get your platform in tip-top shape, and what’s that? You haven’t written a query letter yet? Y…you haven’t found an agent? What the hell’s wrong with you? Get to it, man!

So. Here I sit, typing away this little blog to the universe. I suppose it is one way to write something for the day. My wife works her ass off, and I sit at home and contemplate the keys in front of me. Some days just plain suck. Some days you just remain stuck. I’m sure that a few of you out there agree with me. I just wanted to let other people out there know that you are not alone. Not everyone can be prolific, but by golly, tomorrow I am going to get up and attack that goddamn blank page on the monitor. You just wait and see.

And I’ll pay no attention to those few specks of crumbs on the floor. Maybe…maybe right after I sweep……

No. I will not succumb. I will write today. I can feel it!

Copyright, Paul Grignon, 2012, All Rights Reserved.
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