Day 176 – Make. Yourself. Write.

Day one hundred seventy-six of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 1,100

I had no idea what I was going to write about tonight. Well, I knew where I left off in the story last night so obviously I had some idea, but I didn’t know where to go with it. Not knowing what to write can put a real damper on the desire to write. It makes me want to avoid my laptop.

My laptop sat on my stand-up desk, waiting, mocking me as I walked by. I tried to ignore it. I knew I needed to go over there and do my thing like I do every night, but I kept procrastinating. I hoped for inspiration, for an idea to pop into my head. Nothing happened. The pull to go to bed and wait for inspiration another day was overwhelming. But I forced myself to stand in front of my laptop. I MADE. MYSELF. WRITE. And guess what? Within a few minutes, ideas emerged and the story was flowing. I was writing as if I had known what to write all along.

This is the kind of lesson I learn from writing every day, and it is invaluable. Make it happen. Make yourself write.