This morning I had a long discussion with myself about writing—the why’s, the how’s, the what for’s—and found I was talking to an idiot.
The idiot told me not to write today: “It’s too hard,” he whined. “I’m not ready.”
I nodded. Some days thoughts and ideas bubble forth faster than I can type, a fast-moving river carving new landscapes; other writing days resemble a muddy puddle—today was the latter.
The murky writing days are not caused by the proverbial Writer’s Block—ideas and sentences do exist in my mind—but pulling them from brain to page requires a will not damaged and lethargic.
“Maybe read a book,” the idiot suggested, and that made sense because reading often loosens the creative spirit and lubricates a tired will. “There’s also the Netflix movie that just arrived,” he added.
Brainless entertainment. “That sounds good,” I agreed, and as soon as I voiced the words, realized I was being manipulated. I sat up straight, fingers arched over the keyboard. “This is writing time, damnit!”
It was a dark and stormy night . . . redrum, redrum . . . It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . .
“It sure is the worst of times,” the idiot pointed out. “There’s not an original thought in your head.”
“I have my own thoughts,” I countered, a defensive resolve tightening through my shoulders, “and they are unique to me. I have to share them.”
“Other writers may be having trouble right now. Perhaps I can help the same way you helped me?”
“Having this conversation has opened the wellspring, you know, the writing tap is flowing again.”
“You used me?”
I couldn’t contain the smile. “That’s right. I started typing our conversation, and here I am, almost done with the blog. And it’s given me a new idea for my novel.”
“That’s pretty underhanded, if you ask me.”
“I didn’t ask you, and I won’t, but when it comes to writing, whatever it takes to get the words down is fine with me. After all, you internal critics are idiots, so what does it matter?”
Now, off to work on that new idea for the novel . . . .
See you on the next page,
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