Reset Sunday – Ignore the Urge

20 May

It’s Sunday and if you are like me, you wake up thinking…”I should do some writing”. Fight the urge. You might be looking at this blog now, head tilted and asking, “huh?” I’m telling you…fight the urge, shove that novel out of the way so that you can see the Sunday before you.

As writers we spend all of our time writing even if we aren’t actually at the keyboard. I know that personally, if I am not pecking away at the keyboard I am thinking about what I am working on. It’s kind of an obsession. I equate trips to the mall, the park and even television to my writing. Things go through my heard like, hey I can use that, or wait, now I know how to kill him off, or hum, that’s an interesting way to tell that story…I am constantly collecting methods, writing concepts, ideas and inspiration about writing within everything I do. The only way I am not doing these things is if I fight the urge. I have to literally concentrate on NOT writing and it isn’t easy.

Here’s the thing, we need Sundays to NOT write. We writers need some down time to live within something else. As I have mentioned, my grandkids are staying with us for a time and I have had a heck of a time finding balance. For this reason, it is even harder to fight the urge on Sundays. This morning, as I lay in bed listening to my spouse snore, (they will tell you they don’t snore…but I have a recording) I reasoned with myself that I have lost writing time this week so I could work on Sunday…it’s justified…that makes sense. But as I trudged out of bed and looked at myself in the mirror, I realized…if I start reasoning out my Sundays now, it will become a habit and before I know it…I will lose my Sundays altogether. I can’t let that happen. I need my Sundays to reset.

People who don’t write don’t realize that it is an obsession for those of us who do. Writing is not what we do, it’s who we are and because of that we have to make ourselves take the down time. So if you get up this morning and find yourself reasoning that you can write today because of A, B or C reasons…fight the urge. You need the down time. Shove that manuscript out of the way for just one day so that you can see the Sunday….I know it’s tough…but you can do it.


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