Sounds a bit extreme, doesn’t it? Well, I need it as this is the first lick of writing I have done all week! When asked why I haven’t been writing by friends and family eagerly awaiting to read my final chapters, I’ve shelled out a myriad of excuses, including but not limited to:
- Too busy with work
- Writer’s block
- Haven’t been feeling well
- Carpel Tunnel
- I want to pay more attention to my Pug
Upon reflection, I realize now that the reason for my procrastination does not originate from one of the above mentioned reasons; rather, it stems from that pesky separation anxiety I spoke of last week. My mind is so adamant about not moving on that it is in a self-induced creative lock-down.
Similar to having “shiny object syndrome,” whenever I sit down to complete the final words of this world I feel suddenly compelled to walk the dog, do laundry, car window shop, etc. I want to do everything and anything BUT complete my work-in-progress (WIP.) I want to prolong it as long as is possible.
My solution? I am going to put the electronic gadgets away, give the dog a bone to chew on, hunker down in a quiet, comfortable spot in the house and force myself to finish. After all, the best way to get over a fear or an anxiety is to confront it head on, right? And that’s exactly what I plan to do.
I have eliminated all social plans and reserved this weekend for a marathon writing session. Who knows- I might even shut my phone off and de-activate the wireless. Whatever it takes to get me back on track is a welcome solution for me.
My advice for the week is something along the lines of this: don’t be afraid to let go. Just because one world is ending does not mean that no new worlds await. Sometimes you have to suck it up, put one foot in front of the other, and let your words lead you in a new and exciting direction.
Try to celebrate the new instead of mourning the old. This is the mindset I am currently urging myself to succumb to. I hope it will free me of my separation anxiety and allow me to close this chapter in my series.
Also, I’ll have two updates this week. JW Alden was kind enough to tag me in a little challenge called “Lucky Seven Meme.” The rules of this challenge are: turning to page 77 of your work-in-progress (WIP), going down to line 7, and then copying down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and posting them as they're written. No cheating! Once up I will tag seven people whose blogs I follow to see if we can keep the chain going!
Until next time – Cheers!