You awaken from a dream where your next masterpiece has revealed itself on a ray of golden light. You instantly note it in your smartphone (or, if you still possess a flip phone like me, your notebook) and fall asleep. In the morning you will begin to write—you vow it upon the life of your unwritten but already beloved protagonist. When your alarm rings the next morning, you eagerly jump out of bed and run to your desk, ready to write. But before you do, your stomach grumbles. Probably should get something to eat, then you will start! You finish your avocado toast (we all love it, let’s not deny the truth!), and eagerly run back to your desk. The writing can commence. But dang, that bit of toast is stuck in your teeth, probably should clean them. You get up, and begin to floss, brush, and rinse. Done. Now time for more writing! Then you see yourself in the mirror. Ooph, not pretty. A quick shower, then write. All cleaned up, time to type out some prose. Crud, it’s already time for work? Fine, when you get home, the writing will be had. *eight to nine hours of work/fun, and at least an hour of traffic, later*. Back home. But first, dinner. Whoops, need to get that ingredient you forgot. A sprint to the store, back home, and meal served up. You can write. Darn, dishes first. Okay, let’s do this. But man you are tired, maybe a half hour in front of Netflix. That’s all. Wow, how did that turn to two hours. No biggie, you’ll just jot down some notes and really get started tomorrow. Wait, got to do that night routine. Floss, brush, rinse. Okay, time to do this, for reals. *Wake up in the morning*. Oops. Well, hope your protagonist really wasn’t depending on that vow, because things wouldn’t be looking food for him.
The above scenario happens to all writers every day. In fact, that scene doesn’t even include children and spouse obligations, emergencies, plans written down but forgotten about until the day of, flat tires, cold and flu season, and so on and on and on. But here’s the thing: writing doesn’t care. [Read more…] about Writing Consistently is the Right Way to Write!