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November 9, 2009
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November 10, 2009

My dog had to go to the vet.

My car broke down.

The kids weren’t cooperating.

I didn’t have time today.

It rained.

Someone drove through my fence.

Someone is sick.

Life happens. First and foremost as anyone who works whether you’re a writer, a teacher, a store clerk, a doctor, a policeman or a solider – life happens. It’s messy and it gets in the way. Sometimes we miss out and some days we sweat fifty words out of our pores while other days we can fill the buffers on the word processors to overflowing with ideas.

Do you want to know the difference between the 50 word, 500 word or 5000 word day?
Whether or not you spend time making an excuse about why you didn’t write more. Funnily enough I’ve written over a 140 words right here in five minutes, describing a wealth of excuses. Life happens. Sometimes you can’t write.

That’s okay.

What’s not okay is trying to justify it. Apologize to your muse or yourself. Forgive yourself. Move on to the next day and write.

So commit to it with me.




No excuses. Just words.


  1. CheekyGirl says:

    Thanks – needed this. I've been pretty blocked on what should be a major scene in my story. So what did I do? I read last night instead of writing. Not a single word. Sigh.

  2. Mardel says:

    Oh boy, I feel for you. Thank goodness my younger childrearing days are behind me (though I kind of miss it), I remember plenty of chaotic days. Though since I work in an afterschool program, I do get my daily fix of child-ness. It's fun.

    Hope you get back into the writing, and take a deep breath. Just dive right back in, when you can- 🙂

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