This is how I’m learning to finish a novel and to be consistent with exercise and to keep the dishes washed and just about any other thing I feel compelled or constrained to do: I just ask myself “what do I really want?” Would I really rather watch tv or finish a novel? Would I really rather take a nap or lose 5 pounds? Would I really rather wake up to a clean kitchen or do it in the morning? “What do I really want?”
And sometimes, I choose tv. Or the nap. Or waiting until morning. But lately 9 times out of 10, I choose to do now what could wait until later. Especially when it comes to writing. Because I don’t want it to be this time next year when I wake up and realize I’ve watched this same episode of Oprah three times now, but I still haven’t finished my novel.