Thursday, February 7, 2013
Writing is Hard
Sometimes writing is hard.
Maybe it's just that reading, watching youtube videos, listening to music, making movies, going through piles of pennies...are all easy things to do. Mindless, relaxing things.
Last night I tried to get my mind focused on the writing I would do today.
I thought of scenes I need and even let the new story at the back of my mind keep me awake a little longer.
But, even though I woke up an hour earlier today and vacuumed the floors, washed the dishes, and got some good footage for tomorrow's awesome movie, I haven't written a word. I've almost finished reading a novel about climbing Mt. Everest (because it's due back at the library tomorrow), but no writing.
I think what I have a hard time with sometimes is writing when "the muse" is around. It's hard to climb out of bed and go into the other room to write my ideas down when I've got them in my head. But, maybe that's what I've got to do. Generally, there are certain times of the day when my mind is in the right place for writing. Probably those times have just become some weird form of habit created by homework deadlines over the sum 17 years I spent in school... I work best late at night or early in the mornings. In order to meet class deadlines I'd stay up into the wee hours working on essays. Sometimes if I was too tired to do that, I'd go to bed and wake up ridiculously early so I could finish up the last 5 pages of the 10 page research paper I had to turn in. My theory is that I've trained my brain to only operate at certain times in the day.
Unfortunately, those times don't really mesh with the schedule I'm on. Maybe I have to re-do my schedule? Or maybe I need to figure out how to re-program my brain? Something. Because I need to finish this novel!
What do you do to get over the hardness of writing? Please tell me your secrets!!!
Posted by TA Demings at 12:11 PM