I’m not gonna lie: I had a long night last night. We had some celebrating to do.
I was exhausted this morning, but I’m a big boy and (try to be) a responsible adult, so I went to work. Made it through the day, got plenty of work done, no problem.
Then came workout time after dinner. Halfway through my second exercise, I sat down in the chair and didn’t want to get up. I thought maybe I’d put the workout off until tomorrow. My head felt heavier than the weights.
Then iTunes shuffled over to “Gonna Fly Now”.
As cheesy and cliché as it sounds, I got up, grabbed the barbell, and pounded out the last set of that exercise and then kept on going to the next one, and the next one, until I was done. Sometimes we just need a kick in the ass.
This applies to writing, too.
This is one of many reasons it’s important to read. Writers should always be reading to study the craft, but I also find reading my favorite authors inspires me. Sometimes I read a sentence and say “Damn, I wish I’d written that.” Nothing gives me the itch for the keys more than moments like that.
Sitting in front of a blank screen and you don’t know where to start? Walk over to your bookshelf and grab a collection or anthology and read a short story. Don’t read a novel chapter; you don’t want to get sucked in. Read something short and self-contained. Even a comic book works. Call it a warmup to get the blood into the creative side of the brain.
Works every time.