Don’t Let Your Writing Drown, Present Self


The birth of a new idea.

It has traveled for thousands of miles and crash-landed into the shallow puddles and deep pools of your brain.  It’s treading water.  Can you see it?  It looks up at you — adorable in this larval stage.

You’ll get to it.  Just gotta make dinner first.

You’ll get to it.  Just gotta work on these edits.

It’s trying to swim a little higher — trying to see what you’re doing and when you’ll be back.  You’ll get to it.

All writers have a lot of things competing for our time, both within the scope of our stories and out in the big world.  There are lots of stories I put off.  There are lots of activities I put off.  Whenever they come up I say “I feel bad but…” or “I’ll get to it…” or “I’d like to…” and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere.  My cute little idea is still treading water, and I have to collect it before it drowns. I have to feed it before it withers away.

Life is unpredictable.  You can’t rely on your future self to do what your current self doesn’t want to.  Every day is an opportunity to be happier, smarter, and utterly unstoppable.

Throw down some stakes, get a calendar, and do it.  Write that story.  Do that outline.  Balance your other activities rather than put them off. Grab that paintbrush or set of weights.  Don’t be scared, make a plan. See if scheduling works for you.

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

…We think it’s OK to procrastinate, because we’re going to do it later, for sure. Our future self will be incredibly productive and focused! Except, our future self is also lazy, and doesn’t do it either. Damn future self.”  – Andrea Perry


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