The Writer’s Life

For the past few weeks I have been participating in a 45 day writer’s workshop called Get It Done. Basically, participants are challenged to write a tiny book from start to finish within 45 days. The following is an intimate snapshot of my internal dialogue. 

PG13 for strong language:

Day 1:

Forty-five days! No problem. I have like 12 books in me and ready to go. I just need to sit down. (buys a new chair at Office Depot)

Day 2:

This is so fun! I’ve cleaned my desk; blocked out time in my work schedule; signed in to my Get It Done chat forum and left positive messages for five people. (new chair causes sciatica)

Day 20:

Oh shit! This book is not coming along. I’m not ready. Ugh! Who am I to write this book? I’m good at talking, not writing. (throws away 15 pages and pivots to a new topic)

Day 25:

(ignores social platform of other writers) (ignores writing coach’s invitation for help) (applies arnica to what seems like the onslaught of carpal tunnel)

OMG! Am I writing a channeled book? No. No. I can’t do that. I’m a writer. That’s what this is about. A channeled book is not literature! (throws away 12 pages of channeled writings)

Day 26:

I have adult onset ADHD. I need an online quiz to prove it. Chocolate. Where’s the chocolate?

Day 27:

I know what the problem is: I am a morning writer! I’m just too tired to write at night. (hits snooze 12 times)

Day 28:

This is the hardest thing I have ever done. I’m not moody, I just need 15 hours of sleep a night or I don’t function well. (writes for 15 minutes and then takes a bath - for the second time in one day)

Day 29:

(nearly hyperventilating) This is crazy. I am co-authoring a book about spirit guides with a...SPIRIT GUIDE! This is not the book I thought I was going to write. This is the book that is being written. I have two days to go before the first draft needs to be edited. I wonder where I can get an ice cream sandwich.

The saga continues…

If all goes well, I will have published my first tiny book on October 15, 2021. Stay tuned for details.