The truth is we’re conflicted about writing. It is the love we love to leave. We need to find the fun in it again. Part of that, believe it or not, is having a schedule. I know this sounds like I’m promising you great desserts that will help you love weight, only to admit that my brownies are made from tofu. But really, if you find a schedule you can live with, you can start putting the fun back into your writing.
The first thing is that you don’t have to write eight hours a day to be a writer. It’s okay to write in short blocks. If all you can manage is twenty minutes a day, half an hour, that’s fine. But you need to make a commitment to that. Promise yourself you will write for that amount of time, and that is all you need to do, then feel good about it. You can write more. If the spirit is with you and your boss isn’t about to fire you, keep going. But if you struggle for half an hour and have accomplished exactly zilch, well, that’s it. You have lived up to your commitment. Now go do what you want. It’s recess. Take a run. Eat lunch. Nap. Browse in a bookstore. Do whatever you want. The only thing you are not allowed to do is feel guilty.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Yeah, there’s a story; there’s a script. We’re trying to get the dough together to make this crazy story.