Three weeks ago, my deadline was looming and I was only about one hundred pages into my book. For whatever reason, I couldn't write. Fifty of those pages were written last year! What was going on?
Ready to pull my hair out, I happened to come across a quote from another author. I so wish I remember who said it because the words helped me immensely. What was the quote? "Get to the end any way you can."
Normally, when I'm writing a first draft, I can keep my internal editor out of my head. Sure she'll come knocking occasionally to tell me how bad I am, but usually after she's tortured me a few days, I can get her to leave. This time, she had set up house and wasn't budging. Then I read this quote. A light bulb clicked and my internal editor left in a huff. I finally had the impetus I needed. I finished! Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Is it good? Not yet. But it's there. The possibility to make it good is there because the words are there.
Now if I can just get my internal editor to return, I'll be a happy writer. Unfortunately I think I offended her and she's going to stay on vacation a while longer. I may have to start a new book just to get her back.
How about you? Do you have a mantra that helps you write?