When the Muse is Distracted

I know that writing daily is the best way to get the work done.  Even when you don’t feel like it.  Even when the muse isn’t calling.  Even when you’ve got fourteen zillion other things to do.

I recently spent a day in a writing workshop and the lesson I took away from it was that I could produce a lot of words in as little as 15 minutes.  Even writing with a pen on paper I can bang out about 5-7 pages of stuff in 15 minutes.  Not that it’s all good!  But hey, you’ve got some material to work with.  You can’t sell a blank screen.

So why have I been sitting here for three hours and I haven’t written a single word on my current novel?

Today my excuse is that my husband is working at home.  Just having another person in my physical space – something I’m not used to during the day – is enough to upend my routine (not to mention he keeps coming in to my office to see me!).

But I’ll get in my writing time today, even if it’s later in the day after all are in bed.  I think I write my best stuff at night anyway, when the world is more quiet, the sunshine not beckoning me to go out and explore the outer world rather than the inner world of my imagination.

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Author of Adventurous Stories for Middle Grade, Young Adult & Adults

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