Maybe it's the beautiful weather, but I'm having a hard time kicking myself into gear to write. You'd think a deadline would get me going, but no. Today, I stood on a ladder and cleared the gutters around my house of leaves, I piddled with a little research, I emptied the vacuum cleaner and went out for lunch, I helped a writer friend over the phone by brainstorming her work in progress -- all while the characters in my own work in progress waited for me to show up at the page. I disappointed them, and myself. Getting into a routine has always been a problem for me and I'm not sure I'm seeing any improvement. I'm beginning to wonder if I wouldn't do better if I had an office outside of the house where I report every day, just like a (gulp) "real" job. I'm thinking I need a shot of motivation in the form of a visit with a friend of mine who reads this blog. (You know who you are.) She doesn't pull punches and has been known to say to me, "You keep saying you're going to do it, so do it already." She always makes me realize how silly I am to procrastinate. It only makes me crazy. I'm much happier when I tend to business. This friend motivates me just by watching her move through her own life. I'm amazed by how much she does in a day and by how she typically not only reaches her goals, but surpasses them.
Here's what I've noticed about myself in regards to writing. I do best if every day:
1. I get up early, feed the dogs, put on the coffee, then shut myself in my office where I read over my goals then journal for a few minutes, finishing by making a list of creative, business and personal things I want to accomplish that day.
2. I eat then take my coffee into my office, close myself in again, put on some music and write. Typically I'll finish my page count for the day by or before noon, leaving the afternoon and evening for...
3. business, errands, appointments, exercise, family & friends, more writing if I so desire.
So...as my super-motivated friend would probably say to me... "If you know this works for you, WHY DON'T YOU DO IT CONSISTENTLY?? You keep saying you're going to do it, so do it already." Okay, okay. Tomorrow is a new day.
On another subject, I'm still so saddened by the Virginia Tech tragedy. With two sons in college and living in university communities, I can't help thinking about them a little more often every day now and being so thankful they're okay. And I can't help hurting for the parents of the young men and women who lost their lives this week.
Stay safe and hug your loved ones or call them and tell them you love them if they're not close by.