Friday, March 14, 2008

Making Writing Dreams Come True

“You can’t say, I won’t write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then… you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer.” —Dorothy C. Fontana

I didn’t feel like writing today. Why?

My ‘To-Do’ list stretches beyond my physical stamina and the number of hours in my day. Here’s a sampling:

* It’s cold. There’s six-plus inches of spring snow covering my driveway—which I have to shovel.
* Errands need to be run, once roads are passable.
* Two walls and a ceiling await sandpaper and paint.
* A roll of carpet anticipates being unrolled and secured in place. Am dreading cutting it to fit.
* The laundry has bred to overload. This doesn’t include yesterday’s clean garments yearning to be hung, folded and placed in fitting homes in drawers and closets.
* Cleaning house is on the top of the list. Gotta get ready for the weekend.

And on and on and on…

Eliminate Distractions
However, I have a commitment to write. To free myself to write, I am

* decluttering
* simplifying my lifestyle
* finishing home improvement projects
* setting boundaries with negative associations who drain emotional energy
* saying “No thank you” to commitments that steal from time to write
* saying, “Yes” to activities and relationships that encourage my writing.

Little by little, I’m conquering diversions that pull me away from writing.

How about you? What prevents you from writing? Gotta run…paint, sandpaper, carpet, and washes are calling.

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