So, full disclosure. Sometimes, I get lazy.
Like …. LAZY.
If it’s Saturday afternoon, and I don’t feel like doing the one task that’s going to take me all of five minutes to do, no matter how many reasons I come up with for just sucking it up and doing it, nine times out of ten, I will not do it.
Most days, getting out of bed takes way longer than I’m convinced it should.
Sometimes I go over a week without doing laundry, for no reason other than I JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE PUTTING IN THE GOSH DANG EFFORT TO THROW CLOTHES INTO A MACHINE AND PRESS TWO BUTTONS.
So I guess, in my personal life, I’m a hot mess.
Professionally, I’ve mostly figured it out. I still procrastinate, because that’s just who I am as a person and sometimes deadlines are a mad dash to the finish line and occasionally I trip and fall on my face and you know whatever.
Professionally, when I create a goal, I’m pretty good at doing whatever it takes, within reason, to get as close to accomplishing that goal as I can.
There’s a part of my life that’s a weird grey limbo between personal and professional, and that’s fiction writing. My stories are dark and emotional and I haven’t really shared many of them with the world because I’m bad at commitment and doing that would feel like getting really up close and personal with, like, thousands of people.
But anyway, I was sitting at my desk last night, watching YouTube videos instead of doing this one thing that would only take five minutes (because of course), and I got this new idea for the book I’ll be working on this November.
It was a really good idea. It still is, probably.
But there was this moment, as my brain started running through the possible implications of this new element to my story, where I thought, “That’s going to take way more research than I originally thought. Wow. I … kind of don’t feel like doing that.”
Wow. Seriously. I THOUGHT THAT.
I briefly considered not giving a book the substance it needs to be a better book BECAUSE I’M TOO LAZY TO DO EXTRA RESEARCH. LIKE COME ON.
It took some self-convincing, because UGH, but I’m going to figure out how to balance A LOT of research and writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I don’t know how, but I’m going to make it work.
I know I’m going to be able to write a good book because I’m not letting myself take the easy way out.
Don’t let yourself take the easy way out. Easy doesn’t get books written or published.
I admit that I have a tendency to want to not do a lot of things. And I acknowledge that this really isn’t a good excuse for not doing things. But here’s what you need to hear: You can get past this. That “I don’t feel like it” attitude may be your default, but you can change your settings. You are in control of whether or not the thing you want to write gets written. You ARE. Don’t let your brain try to convince you that you aren’t.
Excuses are excuses. The more we make, the harder we’re going to have to work to get rid of them.
No more excuses. Get to work. Write stuff. Do it. DO. IT.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.