You’ll Feel Like Giving Up (Only Moreso)

This was originally at Finding Why and written for entrepreneurs in general. That was before I realized my mission was to help authors.

I will not get out of bed you can't make meOnce in a while someone will warn an aspiring writer that “you’ll feel like giving up.”

That’s a bit like describing drowning as “you’ll have trouble breathing.”

Here’s the truth:

There will be days when the only reason you don’t turn in your Writer’s Badge in a miasma of frustration, anger, and disgust is because you can’t find the flipping phone number of whoever takes the “I Surrender!” calls, and that’s because you can’t bear to crawl out from under the covers to go look for it.

Y’know, like yesterday.

Then sleep, with its magical power to strip us of reason and pour beautiful dreams back into our souls, will gently wipe away the smudges and push you out the door to do it all again.

Y’know, like today.

8 thoughts on “You’ll Feel Like Giving Up (Only Moreso)

  1. There are days when I won’t even bother turning on the PC. I walk by it, look at it, touch the blasted button, and finally, just leave it off, the rest of the day. Can’t find the flipping phone number. Y’know, like today! Well, I finally do find that number, and get going. Y’know, like today. Good read. Blessings.

    1. As you might imagine, staying with a musician buddy who has an unusual schedule hasn’t lent itself to writing the past few days. At least it’s not due to frustration, but because I’m spending so much time on music that my fiction was waylaid for a bit.

      1. Oh, crud, Joel, what’s the difference? Music, writing? Just one or another of your art, called Joel D.

    1. Christine, believe it or not, those feelings are temporary, both of them.

      One method is to pick one project and forbid yourself to do anything else until it’s complete. And then realize that complete means shipped, not perfect.

  2. Come on guys no more of that! The weekend is over , time to crawl out from under those covers and excuses and get to the key board.My trick is to find a different place to sit if I get stuck.It helps sometimes.

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