Looking back on previous posts, I realize I spend more time feeling sorry for myself than getting writing done. I whine about the lack of time, or of personal obligations, all the while not moving any of my projects forward. If you’re in the same boat, I’m going to give you the same talk I had with myself this morning.
Stop whining about not having time to write. You want to write, you will make the time to write. If you’re too tired to write, take a nap. Your home life chaotic? Take your writing on the road. Go to a library, a mall, somewhere you can get some writing done.
So what your story (poem, essay, painting) is perfect. Stick with it. If it’s really going that badly, then move on to another project and come back to the abandoned project later. If you come back and still can’t muster the strength to get through it, then it’s time to move on.
Stop being so hard on yourself. You have a life. You have obligations. They’re not going to stop because you want to be creative.
Roll with the waves in your life and keep moving forward. You will get through this. The rough times are not forever.
Remember, you write because you enjoy it. When you stop enjoying it. It’s time to do something else.
And clean up your damn writing space. Being surround by half-finished projects only make you feel worse, so why not put things in their proper place, start with a clean space and get to work.
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