Not in the Mood?

Earlier today (or maybe it was late last night), a friend on Twitter asked the #writingcommunity what got people in the mood to write.

It was a pretty lighthearted question and the thread was full of good music recommendations.

But there’s a hard truth that you may or may not be aware of.

You can’t wait until the mood strikes.

Ok, I’m going to qualify that real quick. If you’re writing as a hobby, feel free to do what you want. That’s perfectly fine. You do you.

But if you want to do this professionally…

You can’t wait for the mood to strike. Because most days it won’t. When folks talk about treating writing like a job, this is what they’re talking about. If you’ve got a day job, you know what I’m talking about. You can’t decide not to go into work because you’re “Just not feeling it.” Believe me, I know this truth. What you do is you get up, and you get your ass to work whether you feel like it or not (Assuming that you’re healthy. Keep your creeping crud out of the workplace, damn it. I don’t care what you’ve got to do).

Treat the writing like a job.

Set yourself an appointed time to write and, when that time comes, you get to work. Sure you may not feel like it, but I guarantee that when you’re done, you’ll feel better about it.

See you on Thursday!


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