I stayed up late last night taking out my second chapter and starting to re-build it, and I got sidetracked watching videos of violin prodigies on YouTube. As a result, I was tired this morning, and so instead of working on my chapter again right away, I put it off. I did my other work -- which admittedly needed to be done. And now it's late in the afternoon and I have other things I have to do -- errands, and some mail to go through. And so I can see how I might not get to my novel again until late tonight. If I did this every day for a week or two or three? My story would never get off the ground. To remind me -- and you -- to get right back in the saddle after a lapse, here are 5 great writers on the perils of being sidetracked:
- "I hear people say they're going to write. I ask, when? They give me vague statements. Indefinite plans get dubious results. When we're concrete about our writing time, it alleviates that thin constant feeling of anxiety that writers have - we're barbecuing hot dogs, riding a bike, sailing out in the bay, shopping for shoes, even helping a sick friend, but somewhere nervously at the periphery of our perception we know we belong somewhere else - at our desk!" - Natalie Goldberg.
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