Over lunch the other day a friend and I discussed our waxing and waning passion for our writing work. I lamented that I sometimes wished I didn’t have to write. Imagine just working a 40-hour work week, watching a movie, playing games, and reading. Sometimes that sounds nice to me, instead I work a full-time plus job, write every morning, most evenings and every day off. I volunteer 30 plus hours a month for my local writing organization and spend at least that many hours editing and submitting. My friend does that and more, because she’s the mom of three boys. Yes, the passion for writing can be tiring. But like any relationship you have to work on it.
Now I do feel the urgency of catching the last bus of the night. My age perhaps? When I think I should take a break I do but the breaks are shorter and I fight my procrastination a little harder. Now when I think that would make a good poem I write it and then submit it. An article idea, it becomes a query instead of sitting in my notebook. A small goal of a page a day…couldn’t I really write two? How can you push yourself a little more? Do you feel the urgency or is the bus still waiting for you?
Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag