Days 20 and 21: The bottom of the List

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 8:10 AM
It's funny. I always thought the subtitle of this blog "The Struggle of an Unpublished Writer" was a bit overly dramatic. Struggle was probably the best word to sum up today. Got started over an hour-and-a-half later than I wanted to (therefore only getting to work for about an hour this morning) because Juliette simply wouldn't stop screaming and allow us to put her down (very out-of-character for her). Then through the day of TBAWP, I fought hunger, headache, wife calling me about issues with the kids, additional TBAWP responsibilities and, surprisingly the worst of all, the lack of headphones all kept me from writing.

The problem is it's so easy to move writing to the bottom of the list when you consider the immediate, pressing concerns of day to day life. In fact, in terms of deadline, as an unpublished author, it pretty much lives at the bottom of the list. Though it shouldn't. This isn't something I want to do before I die, it's something I want to happen right now! I just recently found a letter an old friend wrote to me, someone with whom I've lost touch. He told me that life does not happen in our own time, but in God's. You can't force life. Something like that (the absence of quotes being deliberate). I'd never dispute the importance of patience, and to work on a single project for this long takes so much patience, no doubt of that. But I can't be too patient with this. I have to make those sacrifices and move this to the top of the list.

I know I've said this before, but what it goes to show is that constant struggle the unpublished writer goes through, the constant pressure to do other things, to give up, to let it sit at the bottom of the list. I could easily. I just hope I don't.

Working on: Chapter 5
Time Spent Writing: Maybe 3 hours between the two days
Writing Music: The Greatest Video Game Music (London Philharmonic), Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack
by DMI
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