Excuses. I don’t want to brag, as it isn’t Minnesota nice, but I rock at creating excuses that encourage delay or the complete lack of writing.
Sarah Werner’s Podcast Write Now has a great episode (58) on The Best Writing Excuses
Excuses are not a new problem to writers, nor a unique one –In Adaptation, the movie written by Charlie Kaufman, the actor Nicolas Cage portrays a writer having a difficult time as he stares at the blank page. The clip of Nicholas Cage’s excuses reminds me a little too much of myself as I write this after warming up my coffee and eating a raisin English muffin. On the plus side, I am resisting the urge to turn on Netflicks as well as putting away the clean socks. Little victories – don’t forget to celebrate them.
To help myself I created The Principles of W R I T E. It might help you too if:
- You’re coming back to writing after Life Happened
- Contemplating all the writing rules you’ve learned make it difficult for you to write
- You love research, but you don’t’ know when to stop and start writing
- You find the blank page intimidating
- If you’re a writer, who has trouble meeting writing goals without having an external deadline.
Quiet those loud excuses and write.