Let me start out this post with some rather personal information.
For those of you who don’t know about lupus, it’s an auto-immune disease that causes antibodies to go a little wonky and start attacking my own body. Suffice to say, it’s a bitch.
So what does my disease have to do with writing romance novels? It’s one of those roadblocks that every author has to face. And there are plenty of them out there!
In my case, the lupus plagues me with two major symptoms—pain in my joints and muscles and something called “toxic fatigue.” Imagine having the aches and exhaustion of a bad case of flu on pretty much a daily basis. That’s what it’s like to have this damned disease.
Now, please don’t think I’m blogging about this just to whine or elicit your sympathy. Far from it! I have faced lupus the same way other authors face myriad things that keep us from writing. I work around it.
There will be so many different things that keep a writer away from her craft. We all know that. What a writer has to do is find ways to go over, under, around, or straight through those roadblocks and keep churning out words.
One thing that helps me tremendously is that I love the craft so very much. Writing, from my perspective, allows me an outlet for the voices in my head that never want to shut up. I love creating new people and places. I love designing my own “worlds.” It’s like playing a literary version of The Sims.
But no matter how much I love writing, there are days I have to force myself to sit down and write. I have to push myself past my roadblocks. The pain. Being tired. Wanting to just surf the internet. Wanting to watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead. It’s up to me to resist all those temptations. I have to get down to business and remember my goals.
Knowing how easy it is to make excuses instead of progress, I’ve made it a goal in 2014 to write every single day. Even if I only get down a few hundred words, I strive to write something. The only way I can achieve that goal is to make writing one of the highest priorities in my life. That’s the only way I’ll keep my career moving forward.
What roadblocks keep you from writing? Have you found any tips to help other writers get around those roadblocks?