I’m four days deep into the annual A-to-Z.
The IWSG provided a prompt for this month’s post. Here it is:
When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?
Clouds? Rain? Hellooo Doubt.
Doubt and I are well acquainted. He’s the loudmouth who dominates the party in my head. I’ve tried dis-inviting him but he shows up anyway, sometimes with a six pack and a bag of Doritos. We hang out, enjoy each other’s company, time goes by then I realize I forgot something critical, something I had to do, you know, write.
He’ll tell me, “Grehan, why bother? The writing’s gonna stink.”
I accept as fact that Doubt’s never wrong so I’m better not to hear him. I send him off on a task. Let him advise the people on the page. I’ve noticed they tend to have too few cares.
Okay, that’s bunk.
I can’t fool you into believing that mental game works for me, or any other writer. You can’t get rid of this guy. You can’t sidetrack him. Doubt’s a multi-tasker. He’d make a great employee if he applied himself to something useful but don’t wait for that to happen.
When Doubt comes knocking, how do you dig down and keep on writing?
Don’t you love when the answer is in the question.
Study your dog, your friend’s dog, your neighbor’s dog. Be the dog and keep digging. Head down, nose to the ground. You might not surface with the bone you’d set your snout on, but I guarantee your effort will be rewarded.
Be the Dog.