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When you’re lazy

December 13, 2012 have to admit, I am going through a dry period, blogging-wise. There’s nothing in my brain.

(Okay, the shot was open. I will give you a few seconds to take it.)

As I recently referenced, I had a big inventory of posts stored up and now I don’t. And I have to perform now, and my brain is not happy about it. Inertia is a brutal master.

Quite honestly, I don’t want to write a blog post. I want to sit on my butt and watch something pointless and stupid, like the Jets playing football.

Hence, today’s post about writer’s block, in which I expose reason number 43 for it: pure laziness.

Seriously, I have to write this stupid thing day after day, every day. I deserve a day off, dammit. Several days off. The world owes me this, as I have entertained it for a lot of days in a row. I don’t want to write a blog post, and nothing you can say will make me! So there!

In other words, I am feeling mighty lazy right now. There’s nothing wrong with that, really. It happens to everyone. It’s what you do with the next step that matters.

I’ve managed to find the secret to motivating myself to work out. Typically, I wake up early, tell myself I don’t want to work out, delay a little, then get up and do my business. By the time I go to work, I’m glad I worked out. I’m not so good about the writing.

When you work out every day, it’s easier to work out the next day. It’s a habit. Habits are easier. If you write every day, then writing every day becomes easier, too.

Another thing about workouts is that they aren’t all created equal. Some days my workouts are for crap. The day after Tough Mudder, I walked for half an hour. Slowly. That’s what was there. You don’t have to kick butt with every single writing session, either. Sometimes, the act of putting fingers to keyboard is enough. Even if you produce nothing, you’re still feeding the habit.

What about you? How do you overcome laziness?

  1. December 13, 2012 8:33 am

    I can SO relate, I’m sorry to say. Could it be the season? I’d like to use that as an excuse, at least this time! But I have gotten my “Christmas newsletter” done and will mail it out tomorrow. I have written a blog post, one, for the first time since November! Ah! I can’t believe I let it go for so long. I’m not making much headway on my two current wip’s and am feeling the guilt of this blockage, this laziness. I think part of the problem, (oh poor me, right) in that when you work at home, you never ever leave it. It’s so hard to take a break and not mix work with the rest of my life outside of it. Thanks for this post Chris. It helps to be able to vent, and to know I’m not the only one feeling this way right now. Merry Holidays!

  2. December 14, 2012 6:13 pm

    One of my writers’ groups, has an accountability e-mail list, and they keep me on track. One of the members pointed out that if we have time to write an e-mail to the group explaining why we didn’t have time to write that day, we could have spent that time adding to our WIP instead. That really solidified my resolve. I haven’t sent a zero report to the group since. Some days it’s only ten or twenty words, but I no longer turn off my computer without adding something to my ms, even if it’s just a note like (big fight scene goes here).

    As for workouts–any time I’m tempted to skip going to the gym, I just remember the floaty-chair people from Wall-E. That does it.

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