Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tip O'Day for Writers #60

Guest blogger Sammi Carter suggests you write every single day.

Learn the discipline of writing every day while it doesn't really matter. Once you sell and the pressure of deadlines and being under contract for books you haven't even conceived of yet settles on your shoulders, it can often be difficult to present yourself at the keyboard on schedule. The urge to wander off, to read, to think, to research, to walk, to catch up on reality TV -- to do anything else or everything else increases at a frightening pace once legally binding deadlines are on the horizon.

Even if you can get yourself to the keyboard, producing words at that stage of your career can be surprisingly difficult. That is not the time to decide that you need to be serious about the business of writing. The time for that decision is long before, when you still have the luxury of waiting for the muse to dance by and issue an invitation to write.

Sammi Carter is author of the Candy Shop mystery series.

Sammi's comments are so true. Have you ever noticed when a deadline is looming, you start wondering how long it's been since you turned the mattress? Or maybe you should replace the air in your tires. This FEELS like a productive use of your time, but it's that familiar old bugaboo, procrastination.

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