Under The Skin, We’re All The Same

August 26th, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Ever had a bad writing day? A day when you couldn’t compose a sentence to save your life? Sure, it’s rare that you’re facing a firing squad and your ability to put subjects and predicates together in clever ways is your ticket to freedom. But it could happen. Stranger things have. Or so we’re lead to believe.

When you’re a novelist, especially an unpublished one, there is a small luxury available to you: time. Of course, of course, you have a million and one responsibilities. But there’s a chance your brain cell strike isn’t impacting your ability to put food on the table. If you’re like us, that’s the least of your problems. So on a bad writing day, recall this article by Kristen Kemp, and realize you’re not alone. And do no doubt, even for a breath, that procrastination is not an art form:

As I go about my routine—which includes barely four hours of writing time a day—a heavy, gray feeling looms above me. The guilt never subsides: I should be outlining, plotting, and writing. Instead, I’m doing anything and everything else.

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