So, here we are, in the middle of October, and I have not written anything this year.
Oh, I've re-written parts of one of my stories, edited part of another, and I've edited, copy-edited and proofed stories for others. But I haven't worked on any rough drafts. NO words have been added to any of the stories sharing camping space in my mind.
Believe me, it's getting crowded.
I spent last night wondering why. Today, I don't care why. Why doesn't really matter; all the whys I came up with really boiled down to; I didn't bother to make the time.
Starting today, I have resolved to MAKE the time. One isn't a writer if one doesn't write.
It's not that hard to find the time; the tv gets shut off at 8 or 9 pm, and I don't go to bed until at least midnight, so that's 3-4 hours when I need to be quiet. I'm already in my office, on my computer, but I've been spending those hours playing games. 'Relaxing', I told myself, but if you've ever been stuck on Level 27 of Fritz for weeks at a time, you know that playing games is not necessarily relaxing.
When I was employed, those hours used to be prime writing time. I see no reason why they can't be again. Those hours are much better (for me) for writing than the morning, when my brain is still trying to figure out what day it is. I have never been a morning person, I have always been a night owl.
So it's simple. Use those hours for rough drafts. Why didn't I think of that before?
No, don't get distracted by 'why'. Just write!
Right! Now, which story idea should I start with first? Telepathic horses? Cali 2? Reincarnation & the NeverEnding War? Or maybe-
Toss a pair of dice! It doesn't matter; they all want to get told. Just write!
Okay. Will do. Ummmm, right after I tell my Little Men in Tribez how to keep busy for the next few hours.