I’m in that writing pact that Julie talked about a few days ago. We are trying to get our manuscripts done by the end of August otherwise we have to write a check to the *other* presidential political campaign.
And yet, because of this agreement, you’ll find me spending my evenings writing simply because I do not want to write that check. It started off as a joke (what’s the worst punishment you can think of if you lose) but Julie and I have somehow managed to stumble on some incredibly strong motivation that is really spurring me on.
Each night, I bring my computer and take 1 or 2 of my girls, (who are under strict orders not to bother me) and we spend a few hours at our local library. The girls play on the library’s computers while I park myself at a cubicle and write, write, write.
And guess what? Something amazing is happening. Progress, real progress is being made on my book. Each evening when I pack up to leave, I’ve noticed that my page count is that much higher than when I arrived. It’s kind of amazing.
Who knew that a Presidential campaign would finally give me a legitimate reason to write?
Trust me, I know, it’s always easier to say that there are priorities that come before your writing than it is to actually sit down and write. There is always, always something else that needs to be done, right?
But guess what? Giving your writing a valid reason to be done, makes it appear to be valuable work to other people. The Presidential campaign is what is finally doing it for me.
My kids are not whining because I’m spending a few hours away from home writing each night, instead they are cheering me on. They don’t want me to lose.
And neither do, I which is why if you need me, you’ll be able to find me at the library tonight working on my manuscript.
What’s the reason you have that gives you permission to write?
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com)
I’ll be in the back corner, bring cookies.