It feels like it’s been a long time!

We went on vacation. It was a good vacation but we did have to drive 14 hours to get there and 14 hours to get home. And I have four small children.

This means I have been taking a vacation from my vacation ever since I got back. Clothes are piled, toys are scattered, our yard looks like a sad lifetime movie set. It’s been rough around here and I realized, as I made myself do the dinner dishes, that I could probably clean all day, every day, and not be done. I could follow my children around and clean and clean and clean and it wouldn’t make a difference.

I could actually follow myself around and it wouldn’t make a difference. 

And the problem is, I like things clean even though I’m a messy person. 

The other problem is, I want to write books. 

And not clean. 

Or do yard work.

Or make dinner.

Or wash my hair. 

I also want to lay in the sun on the sidewalk and let my kids crawl over me. 

It takes guts to “be a writer.” It takes embarrassment guts for when people stop by and you deodorant is sitting in the middle of the front room floor along with some cheerios, five thousand cars and a small baby. 

It takes guts to ignore emails and facebook and people.com and all other kinds of distractions to write. 

It takes guts to say I am going to do this even if I don’t want to do this. I am going to write and write until I feel like writing. 

It takes guts to say no to people like Carol said. 

But you have to do it. I keep telling myself, writing is important. it’s worth the sacrifice.

List five things that distract you from writing.

List what you are going to do when these things try to distract you from writing.

List all the things you are going to work on with your WIP. Make a plan. 

This is my goal for tomorrow. I am going to be a writer. 



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3 responses to “Hello

  1. 1. the internet.
    2. the internet.
    3. the internet.
    4. the internet.
    5. the internet.

    I know how to solve this, but I make excuses. Sigh.

  2. Amen to all that, Ann Dee!

  3. benschwensch

    I made the lists you suggested – thanks for all your help!


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