Conquering the Mind

I was about 20 minutes into my workout today when my mind started giving me perfectly valid reasons to quit.

It was a busy day at the new job.

I ate pretty good today. (Well, the first half of the day at least.)

I already worked up a good sweat/burned a good chunk of calories.

Was it time to quit, though? No, I still had another 15 minutes to go. I pushed myself to keep going and instead ended up burning the most calories I’ve done in a single workout.

The same applies for writing (or any other task that is hard). I sit down to write and my brain starts finding all this other stuff I could be doing.

Weren’t there some blogs I wanted to read?

Man today was busy at work, I’m fried.

I bet there was a new g+ post in the last 30 seconds.

Wait, I could write a blog post. That counts as writing, doesn’t it? (Worry not, I finished my writing goals today before I wrote this.)

I’m this close to getting the next level in Super Awesome Fantasy Game!

All these are just excuses for me to not write. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, there was no quick path to publishing. Some days would be better than others. Still I have to tell that doubting part of my mind to get out of the drivers seat. Today is the day I write. And the next day. And the next. Until I have a novel sitting here before me.

Oh, and unplugging the internet doesn’t hurt either.

-Keep Writing.

Author: Joshua

Joshua is a writer of SFF, leaning more to the fantasy side of the genre. Travel the road with me as I tell the stories.

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