So I started writing again today. And by writing, I don't mean that I ordered three books about writing that looked delicious from Amazon (although I did that too). I don't mean that I posted humorously on facebook (did) or that I'm writing a blog post here. Although you can tell that to get my writing engines running I have to do a darn lot of babysitting of my ego and self-persuasion.
But no, I mean I started a new story today. I woke up and grabbed my laptop (yes I sleep with it under my bed) and started writing an idea for a story that has been brewing for some months. I don't know why today is any different than any other Saturday morning. But everyone was asleep, I have no plans whatsoever for the day (uh oh, that won't repeat itself), I'm healthy, I've been in the 'new year try again' mode for 19 or so days, and so I started writing.
Yay for me!
Now, it is a good time to make some promises to myself about the new story, fragile new attempt, and to reread these thoughts every time my thread breaks. Notes to self...
1. Examine the long gaps in your blog posts at least once per month. Time flies whether you write or not.
2. Start writing your dreams when you wake up right next to your prayers before you fall asleep.
3. Practice being better at keeping secrets. I find in the telling and explaining to others I lose my energy for characters and a story. Every time you are tempted to blurt out "I'm writing again!" instead blurt out "I love chocolate chip cookie. Don't you?"
4. Read the damn books that you order about writing. Read at least one a month. OK, read at least one per quarter. There, an ATTAINABLE goal, measureable, and not painful in the least.
5. Stop the critical voices in your head the minute they start. The ones that say things like, "Why are you obsessing about that character's first name instead of plotting? You know that isn't something REAL writers do. You must not be a real writer." Instead tell yourself "I love Chocolate Chip cookies!" and smile. Or, just stop.
6. Avoid the over-used elipses...
Whew, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a book contract out of those six on how to motivate yourself to write. Let's see, if I get the book contract, and then they interview me, I better have an answer to the question, "So where do you get your ideas?"
Oh yeah, and
7. Repeat after me, or rethink after me, "Why do you write Toni? " " Because I love to." "Why?" "Because I love to." "WHY?" "Because I l - o - v - e to write."