Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zarathustra Faked It Before He Spaked It

I try not to get on here and talk about my writing troubles. I don’t know why exactly. I guess it’s part of the “fake it until you make it” philosophy I took up at a certain point.

But I’m having a really hard time writing.

I’m pretty jealous of the writers who can do everything else they need to do, then crank out the words.

I can’t write in the evening. I know that sounds like an excuse, but I just can’t do it. I prefer morning. I can do early afternoon. But my brain stops forming words in the evening.

I can make it out of bed at 5 to write in the morning, but only if I’m not lifting weights. Even though I lift in the evening, it makes me sleep so hard that I just cannot consistently drag my ass out of bed at 5 AM. But I need to lift weights for both my physical and mental health.

So I’m making the dollar-dollar-bills-y’all at the fulltime job. I’m reading a ton. I’m writing a few poems a week (because I can write them at work [no you can’t read them]). I’m making ridonk fast progress in my lifting (just in time for pool weather!). And I’m studying chess for at least an hour every day.

Yet I feel like a lazy bum, and I’m feeling desperate. I need to have material ready to go to capitalize on any opportunities that come my way when The Hoard drops in November. I NEED to get this figured out before then, and have a novella or novel or both and some stories ready to go. But when I start to feel anxious, I hole up and shut down.

I don’t even have kids. Kudos to the writer/parents reading this.

Times is tough. $4.99 can buy you almost a whole gallon of gas. Who has five spot to waste on stupid Psychomancer? Not you?  Well, it’s free for Kindle tomorrow and Friday! Help me spread the word puh-leeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!


  1. I hear you on the weight training == more sleep needed. Usually at least 45 minutes to an hour extra. Even when I'm not pushing. Right now, though, I've shifted gears and I'm spending 30 minutes a day on the stationary bike, 5 days a week. I'll go back to weight training (with 1 day a week on the bike) later this summer.

    My current writing project is slowly ramping back up to daily words. Here's hoping it happens next week. I'm reaching a point with my "day job" when it will stop requiring my full attention.

    Good luck with the giveaway!


    1. And if you're not going to listen to your body and sleep, you might as well not lift, because you're not going to gain. Gains are stimulated in the gym, but made during sleep.

  2. I totally know what you mean about being unable to write in the evening! I see tweets and Facebook messages all the time from people who stay up until midnight or later writing, and I'm just thinking, "HOW?" Especially if it's after a day I work, there's no way I'm writing in the evening.

    My advice is this: pick two or three times a week to make yourself write. Do it no matter what. And it can be so hard to do, trust me, I know! Sometimes it feels like pulling teeth, but if you only choose a handful of times a week, it won't interfere as much with work or weight training. Even if it's just for half an hour, it's something.

    Another thing to consider is this, I suppose: is there any way to shift your schedule around? At any rate, I hope you can get it figured out! It's an awful feeling!

    1. Thanks for the suggestions.

      I wish I could switch my work schedule around, because I work production, not with customers, so I don't really need to be there during business hours. I don't think it'll fly, though.

  3. Yeah I know the feeling. I can only write at night, with some brooding tunes going. Unfortunately, it seems the only time I ever have to write is during lunch break at the 9-5. It's tough.

    1. I should write during lunch break, I really should, but I feel that as soon as I'm getting geared up it's time to start working again.

      And I really like playing chess over lunch.