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3 Ways to Quit Waiting for “Perfect” Writing Conditions

My brain’s too foggy. The kids stressed me out. I don’t feel good. I’m too tired. My to-do list is calling. I only have a few minutes. The house is a mess. I need coffee. I’ve had way too much coffee. It’s better for me to write in the morning. I have no good ideas. I’m not good at writing. It’s too loud in my house. The kids will be up soon, anyways. I don’t know what to write. My desk is cluttered. Do any of these sound familiar? Am I reading your mind? Are these types of thoughts keeping you from writing? Perfect conditions I could list 100 or more of these thoughts. I come up with new ones every single day (if only I were so creative in my writing!).  I have not written anything for about two weeks and this perpetual way of thinking really flatlines my writing efforts. Most of the time, I feel like I am just waiting for the perfect conditions for writing. And as you would expect, those magical conditions never happen. It’s like I am putting off getting what I need to done until the sun and the moon and the stars align just so. Then, and only then, I believe I will be able to sit and write with no worries and the words will just flow effortlessly out of my brain and into my fingers as they tap delightfully on my keyboard. And nothing will distract me from my incredible focus because my brain is fresh and clear and I’ve had just the right amount of caffeine to keep me going until every last thought has been captured in the most eloquent way possible. And yet, even the cosmic rarity of the sun and the moon meeting in a total solar eclipse was not enough to get me to write. Not even one word. Reality The truth is, the conditions will never be perfect. I mean, they might have been if I had chosen to be single. And if I had been independently wealthy. And maybe if I lived in…

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