Its easy not to write.
I'm unpublished. I have requests for my work, but the people who requested my work aren't waiting at the edge of their seats until I send them my story. I have no deadline. I have a day job, that requires my focus and a family I need to pay attention to.
My writing sometimes is forced to be secondary.
Still today, I sat down and revised seven pages and wrote over 120 words. It may not be much, but its more than if I didn't do anything. I didn't want to do it.
Personally, what I wanted to do was take a nap. I wanted to finish a book that I've started reading.
What stopped me?--I want to succeed.
There is only one way to succeed in writing. You MUST write. For the past 61 days, I've written daily or revised. I haven't taken a day off. I made a promise to myself that I would learn to over come my weaknesses in writing and to move forward.
How can I do all of this?
I write when I am inspired. Most importantly, I write when I don't want to. Do you think that in my day job that I can go in and tell my boss that I 'don't feel' like doing my work? I may not be the most important thing in my day job--but it needs to get done. Just like your stories need to be written. Your stories don't write or revise themselves.
You must write.
Sure, you get sick. Your dog chews your couch. Your friend is going to pieces because she backed into the garage door. Maybe, you have meetings you have all day long and then you have to spend the rest of the evening bringing kids to a sport for practice or to play. Where is the time?
Believe me, I have plenty of excuses. Sometimes, I just don't want to work on those passive sentences. I don't want to figure out where the heck I have put the comma or get my heroine out of trouble--or into it.
When I hit resistence in myself I have to ask myself--WHAT DO I WANT IN WRITING? I want to succeed. I want to be published. I want to write.
Write when you don't want to. You can write one sentence at a time. I write at least 100 words a day. (ALL of us can write a 100 words). Its simple, it's easy and I may delete them tomorrow. Doesn't matter --I write them.
Do you write when you don't want to? If you do how do you push through? If you don't--why?