This is the 7th blog post in my screenwriting series, it all started here
I’m having trouble getting moving on the screenplay this morning. Usually I’m done or almost done by now. I haven’t even opened Final Draft yet. I don’t want to.
Why? Don’t feel like it. It’s snowing outside and I just want to sit by the fire and watch movies all day. I say to myself, “Sandy, you can write your 900 words first and still go sit by the fire and watch movies for the rest of the day.”
But my Self responds; “No, once Daughter #2 gets up, I have to help her to finish her school work before going to the Humane Society to do our 2 hour volunteer shift (with cats, which I am allergic to, which means I’ll come home all red-eyed and itchy and sneezy and need to lie down for 30 minutes at least to recover) then it will be time to get dinner started and Daughter #2 also has theater rehearsal tonight, so this is it. These few precious moments when the house is quiet between Daughter #1 going off to school and Daughter #2 waking up and needing me are all I’ve got.” Geez, my Self is pretty friggin’ convincing, isn’t she?
Procrastination. Avoidance. Laziness. Whatever you want to call it, I’m an expert at it. When I heard this song by Bruno Mars, I laughed out loud. It’s my official theme song on days like this.
How can I overcome my overwhelming desire to do absolutely NOTHING? How do I get my butt moving on my dreams and goals, when my butt weighs a thousand pounds and is sitting all warm and cozy by the fire?
What’s really going to make me happy?
All too often I choose things that seem like they will make me happy in the short-term, but long-term, not-so-much. More times than I care to admit I’ve chosen things that made me short-term happy but long-term not-so-happy.
So, what’s really going to make me happy, long-term? I don’t think sitting around in my pajama’s all day will make me happy, as tempting as that sounds right now. What I know for sure will make me long-term happy is to get off my ass and start writing so that I can put that big X on today’s calendar and get on with the rest of my day.
But right now, I just want to keep sitting on my couch and staring out the window at the snow and dreaming of what it might feel like to do absolutely nothing today. Ahhhhhhhh. Then I realize that if I did absolutely nothing, even though it would mean avoiding the cat allergies, which would be very, very nice, it would also mean that I would be avoiding writing this screenplay and tomorrow that would feel really ‘not-happy’.
So here I go, back to writing……
17,004 words down. 2,796 words to go.
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