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Writing whether you feel like it or not

I’ve been thinking this week about all the things that stop me from getting on with the several writing projects I have on the go in the past couple of weeks.  Apart from the “real” reasons not to get down to it – compulsory school sports day attendance, doing some cleaning before the environmental health people are called in, filling in the monster that is the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature application form – there has not been anything else to stop me.

So why have I not been head down, working away frantically?  The true reason?  Because I haven’t felt like it.

Now, when Lari Don was trying to decide on an extra writing tip to pass on to a reader, I suggested “Write even when you don’t feel like it – that’s when you surprise yourself the most.”  A good tip.  I know it makes sense – so I tried it out myself.  And you know what?  When I sat down and started, I wrote a whole new first chapter to the book I’m currently editing.  I got so engrossed that I forgot the time and was late for my parent-helper stint at my local school.  I certainly surprised myself.

Today it’s raining and chilly.   I have a stack of books waiting to be read and a pile of laundry to deal with.  I don’t feel like writing.  I do feel like reading by the fire with a cup of tea.  I should deal with the laundry.  But I’m off to do some editing.  I wonder where it will take me…

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