Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. If all feels hopeless, if that famous ‘inspiration’ will not come, write. If you are a genius, you’ll make your own rules, but if not – and the odds are against it – go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper – write.
– J. B. Priestly
I think I feel the icy challenge of paying my bills more than I feel the icy challenge of writing but that’s another story. I like how Priestly says “perhaps it would be better not to be a writer” because that’s more of the feeling I get on a regular basis. I think of the extra time I would have…what would I do with it? I suppose I could read, clean my house, organize my sock drawer and my linen closet…but then what? I could exercise more, maybe take a yoga class, take my dog for another walk…but then I would want to write. What about you…is writing a hobby or a need? or maybe an obsession.
Today, set the timer for 10 minutes and just write about ice. Yesterday the temperature dropped considerably in Colorado and a few snow flakes fell. Ice is just around the corner. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag