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Writing is a whole other story

I love to read. I love to write. When I do either, I disappear down the rabbit hole and hours disappear in bliss. I love it! Seriously! Getting to know L. M. Montgomery, I am astounded by how many, many books etc. she wrote. She had the courage and the discipline – plus she lived without TV or internet to distract her.

That is the problem for us wannabe writers: distractions. Books, TV, internet, real life, kids, jobs, dinner, laundry, the list goes on and on indefinitely – all the time keeping us (me) from what we love. I want to write. I even need to write. (Indeed I do, Rilke!)

I have found that I have another problem. I come up with new ideas all the time. Initially, this sounds fine, creative even, but combined with actually writing, it is a major obstacle. Almost every time, I start writing, I begin page 1 of a new story. I write a paragraph or a couple of pages, before having to re-appear from the rabbit hole, sated and happy. I will be completely taken by the story, premise, idea, I have just come up with, but by the next day, I will have thought of something new.

Staying on point is my challenge. Keeping with the thread of the day before and sticking to one story at a time. I have dozens of ideas and first pages. What I do not have is page 30 or 85. I never get that far, before jumping into a new rabbit hole.

If you have any tips or thoughts on this subject, please let me know, because you guys are smart!

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