So, you decide you’re going to commit. You’re going to write X number of minutes/hours a day, no question. No excuses.
Then, the next night, you can’t sleep, so you sleep in. Then maybe you need some need naps, but when you wake, your brain doesn’t unfuzz when you need it to unfuzz. You do no work. The guilt doesn’t creep in so much as it pounces on you. You’re useless! It’s probably best you aren’t writing because your writing stinks anyhow. Whatever.
Then you grab your laptop and go to a cafe, certain you won’t be able to squeeze a single phrase out of your synapses…and you solve an enormous plot point, simultaneously condensing an overlong act, as if the solution were there all along.
This is my life now. Periods of disappointed guilt followed by sudden bursts of creative (luck? skill?) and another 2000 words in the can.
Then once in a while I break to interview people! This week it’s to talk with Jennifer Gillies about the upcoming GritLit festival, April 12 – 15 (plus their LitLive takeover April 8). So many amazing things happening that I won’t get into here…I’ll let you listen and hear for yourself. Enjoy!