That’s the noise you make when things are kind of crummy. The good news (for me, that is) is that I wrote a new short story. The bad is that I feel like crap. I think I’ve got some kind of stomach thing, which is why I’ve been mostly absent, both from this blog and from yours. Ker-bleh again.

My friend Kena (who has her own writing blog) is giving writing at home a shot right now, as she’s in a new city and looking for a job. In the meantime, she’s giving full time writing a go and found just how easy it is to watch T.V. ^_^ So, I told her how I write those days when I’m just not feeling it. I make myself “earn” my non-writing time. If I want to watch a 30-min program, I have to write for an hour, two hours for a 1hr program, and so on. It works fine when I’m not sick as a dog. I think the only thing I could write now would be ker-bleh and other words like it.

Well, I hope that helps those of you who might be struggling with the same thing. I’m going blog visiting now, and I’ll try to write something in your comments other then blargh.

How do you motivate yourself to write when it’s tough?


9 thoughts on “Ker-bleh!

  1. As you know, I wasn’t doing a good job staying committed. Thanks to your advice I’m doing better, but I could still be doing better. I hope to get this writing at home/full time thing down a bit better.

  2. Glarg is my word for that feeling. Hope you feel better soon.

    You are so much more structured than I am. But children bring the chaos. I tried to write today since I’d taken so much time off lately but every time I sat the children needed this or that. If I remembered to tense my stomach during sitting or standing, I’d have seriously gotten in my exercises today. So now my only goal is to catch up rss feeds and hopefully write tomorrow.

  3. Aaww, being ill sucks – hope you feel better soon!

    Guilt, frankly, is my main motivator. If I don’t have some sort of deadline to push me, my output grinds to a halt (except for on those rare days when you’re full of ‘inspiration’ or whatever, and the words just seem to flow). Eventually I feel so bad that I force myself to sit down and achieve something.

    That said, my friend Joe is my biggest motivator at the moment. He posts a piece of writing to his blog every day, and a pig-headed ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ mentality is what forces me to sit down and type these days. I would love to say I am powered by my own ambition, but I’m a creature of sloth at heart. I’d rather like the results without the intervening hard work, thanks :p.

    • Results without work would be nice, Dan, especially where writing and working out are concerned. I like that you’re trying to race your friend. That always works with me for nano. This November, I’m going to try really hard to do novel in a week. Last year, I did it in two weeks because I’m totally insane.

  4. Sorry you’re feeling icky. The morning after we got home from our holiday last week I woke up with a cold. It’s “just” a cold, but… blech! It’s hard to push past the inertia. Deadlines always do it for me, and I had two contest entries that I had to send off by the weekend, but now I’m giving myself permission to goof off for a few days until I feel more energetic. A little blogging, a lot of reading… some TLC. I recommend it for you, too. đŸ™‚

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