Thursday, December 2, 2010

Facing Down The Morning

By Leisha Maw

Do you ever have one of those mornings? You know the kind that make you wish Mondays came every day because they are so much easier to deal with that the morning you just had. Well, today was my Kid C's morning.

What made it so bad? Well, to start off with he had to get up. Harsh I know. It was like this:

Me: Good morning!

Kid C groaning and hiding in his covers.

Me coaxing him out: Where's my Bug Man?

Kid C growling at me like a rabid dog.

Me dressing Kid C like an overly large rabid dog/doll and helping/dragging him upstairs.

Kid C flopping on the ground like a dead man getting over rabies.

Me rolling my eyes and setting his breakfast on the table: Dead people get hungry. Are you sure you don't want to eat?

Kid C growling at me. Again.

Yup, it's been one of those. What's he doing right now? He's still playing dead.

What does this have to do with writing? Well for starters, I've been feeling a little bit like Kid C when it comes to writing lately. I growl and mutter at the computer and want to play dead. Why? Because I know I have to make some changes to the end of my WIP, and I don't want to face that. Again.

Funny thing is Kid C just got up and went to school. As he walked out the door with a biscuit in his mouth he smiled. Sigh. I guess the only way to beat this thing is to fortify myself with food and get to work.

What stalls you out your writing projects and how do you beat it? Do you shove a biscuit in your mouth and face it head on, or do you hide under the covers and growl? Or both like me?

Now, where is that last biscuit?

Leisha Maw


  1. I'm still in hiding from my main WIP, because I need to fix the end and it's very, very scary. But you gave me a great idea. I think I'll go get some biscuits!

  2. You can't go wrong with biscuits. Yum. And why are endings so blasted scary? Sigh.

  3. I vote for biscuits too! I have to revise my endings (and beginnings and middles) so much it's crazy. The only thing is to jump in - it's so much easier once you've started.

  4. Susan, like jumping in the deep end of the swimming pool. Yup, just got to plug your nose and dive. :)

  5. I had weeks and weeks of days like that while trying to get back into writing after my move. Days when I kept checking the clock, hoping it would be time to quit writing and go teach algebra.

    But finally, last week, I broke the barrier, and today I wrote for a joyous six hours(and would have gone on six more if I didn't have to take the whole afternoon to drive across the island for my monthly Costco run).

  6. Rebecca, that is awesome! Just reading that makes me excited to write. Congrats on breaking the barrier!


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