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by Lissa Ann Forbes
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July 2, 2006
#42: June 11, 2006
Don't Wanna Do This
you ever not wanted to do something that was
important to you?
is your method of processing the discrepancy?
you procrastinate until you feel guilty?
does it take to get from “putting it off” to “getting it
I believe procrastination is a human affliction. And
yes, I am guilty—from not doing the dishes, to not balancing my
checkbook, to not making my follow up calls, to not writing. It
doesn’t matter what the project, something gets in the way. The need
to be perfect. The scope of the project. Lack of focus, drive, or
determination. Unadulterated fear, or the whiney “I don’t wanna do
it” syndrome. I'm guessing it’s all of these things at different
times, and I know I’m not the only one who is challenged this way.
your “I don’t wanna …” task or project.
a plan; write down what it will take to accomplish it.
an “accountability buddy” to help you.
to work, and step by step, achieve your goals.
faithful friend is the medicine of life.
—The Apocrypha, 6:16
is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
—Grandma Moses (1860-1961)
Lissa Ann Forbes
deadline approached. The words kept echoing through my mind.
don’t want to do this … write this issue of my ezine.”
resistant. Why? Is it just because I’m on overload? Is it because
I’m tired of writing? Is it because I’m tired of rules and grammar,
and feeling confused about the right way to do it? Maybe it’s because
I just need a break. I’m just tired and I know it’s all just
beginning—promotion and signings and speaking and selling. It makes me
tired just thinking about it, although there’s the excitement of
seeing what I can make of it too.
So, what do I do when I don’t want to write? First,
I whine and fuss and stomp my feet. For a while, my friends listen. Then
they get tired of it. I get tired of it too.
Next, I practice avoidance. I read, I watch TV, I
visit with friends. I clean the house, I mow the grass, I sleep. I shop
for groceries, I wash the dishes, I read some more. I don’t know why I
still practice avoidance. I’m really quite good at it already.
Then, I make a decision, set a goal. It’s time to
get to work. Sometimes the shift just seems to happen. I’ve fussed
enough. I’ve avoided enough. I’ve whined some more. It becomes
uncomfortable not to do what I don’t want to do—write.
That’s what I am—a writer—how can I not write.
leave my house. Meet a friend—an “accountability buddy”—she
helps me stay true to my own goals. I sit in a coffee shop watching the
people. I become the “woman behind the camera” observing others’
tall drink of water with dark hair throws a used napkin at the trashcan.
He misses. He tries again. Misses again. Then he sets up as if playing
basketball—raises his arms, aims, tosses. Misses again. He picks up
the napkin and throws it once more. Nope, doesn’t make it this time
either. Finally, he makes it. Not once does he seem exasperated. He is
just playing while he waits for his fancy coffee drink.
Then there’s the knitting circle, five ladies
who’ve come to share their experiences, stories, and laughter, all the
while producing something. They knit rows and rows and before you know
it, a sweater is born. Or a scarf, or a vest.
how about the couple at the table near me. They each read their own
magazines, drink their own frozen mochas. I noticed they are sitting on
the same side of the table—I chuckle. Most folks sit across from one
another. From time to time they share what they’re reading, each
taking time to acknowledge what is important to the other.
There you go. This is one more way to get the pen
flowing words onto paper or the fingers tapping on the keyboard. Simply
put, acknowledge the fact that you are resistant. Write it over and over
again if you have to—I don’t want to do this. My guess is you will
get very bored with that, and start writing about something that
interests you. The next step might be to describe something before you,
as I have done—people, things, events. Place yourself in an
environment in which you can’t get away for a period of time—a place
it takes you some time to get to—a coffee shop, a mall, a creek, a
mountain top. Set the scene, sit down, write the details.
Resource: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Goldberg, is a master cheerleader for writers. She advocates writing
practice, likening it to Zen meditation. Her teaching style is to
encourage writing quickly, allowing an uninterrupted flow of words, and
focusing on speed, simplicity, and accuracy. She helps the writer blast
the barriers of putting pen to paper.
she doesn't know it, Natalie Goldberg has been one of my mentors. Her
book, Writing Down the Bones, is written in digestible
bits. Not only does she impart her philosophy of writing, the challenges
of being a writer, and handy tips about how to "get on the
page," but she shares herself. While reading this book, I feel as
though I'm sitting in a lounge chair, talking to her in person--like
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