Everyone is screaming at my house. Literally. The baby, the two year old, the four year old, the six year old isn’t screaming but he’s playing the piano so . . . . and the eight year old can’t find his Pokemon cards. And it’s 8:16 in the morning.
I have recommitted to a project I have set aside over and over again. I never know if I keep setting it aside because it’s not what i should write or because I am scared of it or because it’s not a good idea and it won’t work.
My hope is that it will work. I’m going to try again.
My other hope is that I will be able to write amidst the chaos.
My final hope is that Carol will feel better and that kindness will abound and that the screaming will stop and that there will be flowers and happiness and that I’ll wipe up the cereal before it dries as hard as a rock to the table, chairs and floor.
Here is an assignment:
1. List all the ideas you have right now for books.
2. List all the ideas you’ve set aside. Put asterisks by the ones that maybe you should go back to.
3. List all the reasons why you can’t write today.
4. List all the ways you are going to deal with those reasons and carve out time to create.
5, List five things you are going to do for other people.
6. List all the times many people were screaming at the same time and you didn’t lose your temper and join in with the screaming.
7. Make a concrete writing plan for today: time you’ll write, place you’ll write, ways you’ll deal with distractions (see above), words or ideas you’ll write, what you’ll do when you get stopped in your tracks because of a plot issue or character issue or exhaustion issue, and finally what reward you’ll give yourself (though creating itself is the best reward) when you have made it through your writing session (hello chocolate covered cinnamon bears, or tapioca pudding, or a walk, or a book (what book?), or a swim in the lake).
Love and candy, the end.
That’s all for today!