Daily Archives: March 14, 2016

Gotta But Don’t Wanna

So, the question was asked, “What do you do when you have to write but you just don’t feel like it?”

The answer is, “It depends.”

If I don’t want to write simply because I’m in a place in the story where writing is hard, then I’ll push through it.  If necessary, I’ll use Write or Die to get me through it.

If I don’t want to write because I’m feeling like crap, then I’ll let it slide until I’m feeling better, or just poke at the keys until I’ve added a sentence or two, just so I could say I wrote something. (Unless, of course, it’s a NaNoWriMo month, in which case I suck it up and forge ahead.)

And “like crap” is exactly how I’m feeling right now.  I’ve had a sore throat since Saturday morning and my face feels like it’s going to explode. Add that to the time change, and I feel like I’ve been hit by a runaway tank. (Fortunately, I’m in editing mode at the moment, and misery loves company, so I might as well keep at it.)

Besides, I have goals to meet…

What about the rest of you?  What do you do when you have to write but don’t feel like writing?

(Oh, and the person who asked me that had just had an entire chapter eaten by her computer.  In that case I’d probably swear and walk away for a while because I’d be too mad to rewrite it without killing a few (fictional) characters.  Then I’d come back and resign myself to rewriting it.)


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