Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.
Okay, so the very easiest thing to ignore is housework, right? On the other hand, one can stand a dirty house for only so long. Sooner or later I must deal with the gritty floor and the dishes and the piled-up trash. I call this sort of thing Reality Therapy.
But writing projects can remain quietly dormant for days or weeks, while I engage in mind-enhancing activities like watching television or cruising Facebook.
What I lose is even more precious than time. I lose momentum.
One problem is that the interruptions are generally far more enjoyable than writing, and once you’ve stopped, it’s exceedingly difficult to get started again.
There’s a danger if you don’t move it along steadily that you’ll kind of forget what it’s about, so you must keep in touch with it.
John Updike, on daily writing routines
How about you? What can you do today to keep the momentum going in your writing projects?