In two days, it will be December. Does that sentence make your eyes widen in panic? Hopefully, you have a less worried reaction, but it's true that the tasks of the holiday season can easily overtake our day planners and our minds. Writing projects often get pushed aside during this extra busy time of year.
What would you like to accomplish writing-wise in the final month of 2007? A certain word count on your manuscript? A December/January contest submission? One query? Or maybe just a commitment to regularly journal through the holiday madness?
If you want to write despite and through next month's challenges, then first decide that's what you want to do. Intend to write in December. Choose to make it happen.
To help with this endeavor, here is an exercise from creativity coach and author, Eric Maisel's blog. Try out his suggestion, and see what you come up with to help you get past some of the excuses (valid or not) that keep you from writing.
There are always things that get in the way of our creating. You might try using the following sentence whenever you hear yourself offering up a reason not to create. "Yes, I am tired tonight, BUT I will write anyway." "Yes, it’s been a stressful day and my nerves are raw, BUT I will write anyway, at least for a few minutes." "Yes, I can’t stand it that I’m fighting with John, BUT I will write anyway, even though I don’t feel like it at all."
To do right now: Take a few minutes and identify two or three obstacles, internal or external, that regularly prevent you from creating. Write each one down and append the "big but."
Yes, December is upon us, but don’t freak out. Well, at least don’t stop writing. Write anyway.