You should be writing

So I found this on twitter or facebook one day and I posted it up on tumblr and it’s one of my most noted posts thus far. It seems to be a message that most of us can appreciate. And well I tend to get a bit distracted at times with things like tumblr and other random pursuits *coughs*Bubble Witch Saga*coughs* and I know, I know that as someone who wants to be published I just shouldn’t be wasting time on things like this. I’ve learned from experience the only way to write regularly is to actually write regularly. If I go for a few days without doing it, then it becomes harder to get back to, but if I do it, really force myself to write something even if it seems the muse isn’t there, it becomes easier. And that was true last week. I sat down and made myself write something and soon I’d knocked out 3,000 words even though it had taken forever it seemed to write the first two sentences. Okay so 3,000 words isn’t a normal day tally for me. Years ago I got told to set 500 words a day as my target. Now a days I’m trying to work with 10,000 words a week as a target. I’ve managed it for two of the weeks since I set that target. Though I’ve been stalked by a head cold for most of that time. But the trick is I’ve got to keep writing and not get distracted. And in the times when the muse isn’t playing then I don’t waste my time popping bubbles, I waste my time on things that will inspire me. I need to read more, research more, even watching movies, in my opinion at least, can help get the creative juices stirring. Or TV shows, especially ones like the old Frank Black, Millennium which inspires basically every time I watch a couple of episodes.

My trouble lately is finding a book that keeps my attention. I have a million and one books (only a slight exaggeration, I’m close to being able to open my own, albeit very small, library.) But I struggle to find a book that I can sink my teeth in to. I’m not sure why. It’s been a problem for about a year now. When I get in the mood I devour books. I think I got through the first twelve books of the Anita Blake series in about two weeks when I got into the right mood. It’s just finding that mood and the right book. So yes, I really want to read right now, but I have no idea what. Currently sitting staring at me I have books by James Rollins, Charles de Lint, Robert Holdstock, Clive Barker and Marion Zimmer Bradley all sitting waiting to be read, that is not to mention all the books I have on  my phone/computer to read aka the kindle app. But I am struggling to read that way due to the whole stuffy head thing going on. Ah yes, excuses again. But honestly if anyone can get in my head and tell me what to read, please do. I need to read almost as much as I need to be writing.

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