Is anyone else having trouble getting motivated this year? I know this is most peoples' first full week back to work, so those of you in that situation have a good excuse. Those of us at home who are supposed to be writing during the day have to work a little harder at coming up with good excuses.
Lately, I've been finding everything else that needs to be done around the house instead of writing. I've cleaned out cupboards, drawers, and the laundry room. I've reorganized my books, CDs and DVDs, making sure they're all in alphabetical order. I've updated my CD and DVD lists on Excel. I'm in the process of cleaning out the file cabinet and getting rid of papers we no longer need. I'm thinking about reorganizing the attic next, complete with an Excel spreadsheet cataloging the contents of all the boxes.
I'm blaming it all on January. Who can write when it's so dull and gray outside? I'm sure I could force myself to write something--anything--but it would probably turn out to be crap. I can't sit and make myself put words on the page when I know they won't be any good. I've never been able to do that.
But I have noticed that even when I'm "redding up" as we say here in Pittsburgh, I'm constantly thinking about the book. I don't have a real outline this time around, so a lot of things are up in the air. Every time I'm sorting laundry, I'm also sorting all the "what ifs" rattling around in my brain.
So, although it seems like I might be procrastinating, maybe I'm not. Maybe this is all just part of the process. Maybe plotting and a clean house go hand in hand.
I don't know. Maybe I'll have a better idea when February roll around.
In the meantime, how are you faring so far this year? Making any progress? Or is your house as clean as mine?