(Originally posted on Facebook on September 14, 2016)
How I write:
Sit in a room alone with writing equipment, prepared to create.
Stare at the paper and write nothing.
Wonder why I'm not writing
Wonder why I'm not having any ideas
Stress that I've lost my ability to write
Realize that writing is all I've ever wanted to do and I'm nothing without it.
Hear the voices of people who told me to give up
Hear my own desperate plea to God for inspiration
Hear my loved ones who have cheered me on to chase my dream
Hear the naysayers argue with my loved ones as to why my writing is worthless
Hear my loved ones tell the naysayers eat it cuz I got talent
Hear the naysayers promise to lay the smackdown on the loved ones for being stupid
Hear my loved ones threaten to rip the naysayers lungs out if they say anything else
Hear God say "The voices in your head are arguing, and you're just sitting there???"
Write down what the voices are saying
Hand in first draft
Drink until the voices stop